BFA x KLK, two Vienna-based architecture studios working together, have designed a residential building in the Austrian capital that looked like a stack of tiny rural houses. The building comprises fifty business apartments for temporary living, six office spaces, and underground parking for ten cars.
Following the client’s brief, the architects designed a series of affordable micro-apartments that could offer maximum spaciousness and comfort for their residents. All the apartments feature the South-East orientation, which provides optimal light conditions inside. At the same time, the orientation towards the quiet side street also reduces noise pollution.
Each unit is accessible from an external staircase and elevator. The apartment’s layout features a generous main corridor, a bathroom, a bedroom area, a spacious living space with a pitched roof oriel, and a balcony.
From the outside, the oriels and balconies resemble small rural houses with tiny gardens. The architects’ idea was to make the whole building look like a stack of traditional Viennese Schreber gardens (small outskirt gardens usually used for growing fruits and vegetables or simply for relaxation). This image strongly contrasts with the surrounding buildings characterized by predominantly commercial use.
LOCATION: Gudrunstraße 1, 1110 Wien
CLIENT: Private Developer
ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR DESIGN: BFA x KLK (BFA Büro für Architektur | Architekt DI Heinz Lutter & BÜRO KLK)
LEAD ARCHITECT: Heinz Lutter
TEAM: Heinz Lutter, Christian Knapp, Jonathan Lutter, Fabian Lutter, Jürgen DePaul, Xaver Kolleger
GROSS BUILT AREA: 3,900 m2
SITE SUPERVISION: Oberressl & Kantz ZT-GmbH
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Oberressl & Kantz ZT-GmbH
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Oberressl & Kantz ZT-GmbH
STRUCTURAL PHYSICS: Bauklimatik GmbH
BUILDING SERVICES: Bauklimatik GmbH
FIRE PROTECTION: IMS Brandschutz Ingenieurbüro GmbH
PHOTOS: David Schreyer