Living Room Archipelago

location: Vienna Liesing
project status: Unrealized, 2009

Inversion of city block - Transcending city and suburbia, the Living Room Archipelago flips the city block inside out. Pedestrian activity and traffic are siphoned into urban courtyards, while intimate backyard gardens, attached to the outer shell, puncture a fluid, interconnecting green. The inversion coaxes urbanity from a less dense suburban setting, seeding the chance encounters and communal identity essential to urban life. 

Phasing - The phasing strategy is one of gradual implementation, synchronizing densification with improvements in accessibility and infrastructure. Thresholds of density will be identified: A critical mass pertains to building and energy concerns, but also the viability of community life, corner shops and other services. Only until a new access road is constructed, can a second phase beyond 400 dwelling units be sustained. Only if a new S-Bahn station is realized, does it seem reasonable to exceed a floor-area ratio beyond 1,0. The aim is to generate a milieu that will allow for an organic culture to unfold and sustain itself over time. Meanwhile, to avoid confusion, permanent versus temporary parkland will be clearly distinguished. Unbuilt future islands will be conceived as temporary, low-budget gardens, sport fields or parking lots.

Baugruppe lite - The concept of “Baugruppe-lite” extends the living programs and generates a milieu that will allow for an organic culture to unfold bottom-up and sustain itself over time. 10% of spaces for programmes other than housing are left for the residents to program according to their needs and desires drawing on the collective form of organization in Baugruppen - thus Baugruppe lite©. These spaces hold the potentential of acting as catalysers for urban life. They also provide a typlogical flexibility necessary today to respond to a diversification of user types, biographies and inhabitants’ demands.