UN/COMMON SPACE UN/DEFINED LIVING
The former industrial complex is located in the south of Vienna in the city’s most heavily populated district and just 20 minutes from the centre by public transport. Despite its high residential density, the district has a heterogeneous structure: the adjacent urban development area around the new Central Station, the dense, late-nineteenth century perimeter blocks of the Kreta district, the public housing estates of the 1980s and the peripheral areas of allotments combine to create a certain dynamism which is further boosted by the nearby Ankerbrot factory, a cultural zone created in a former bakery.
By creating an opening in the fence at the CopyShop corner, the Kempelenpark is connected with the urban realm and becomes accessible to the public and the neighbourhood. This creates interactive and communication zones which, without predetermined functional uses, offer a range of possibilities for individual and shared activities.
The multiple use of a specially developed room-in-room module is creating a new typology of residential community. The limited opportunities for privacy are balanced, internally, by the generous provision of educational opportunities and such spaces as workshops and, externally, by a range of leisure facilities.
The exemplary living module is designed in such a way that it can be used more widely as a complement to the existing residential market in the context of temporary living.