IKEA - the good neighbor in the city

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Commercial
  • Company/Firm
    querkraft architects
  • Lead Designer
    querkraft architekten
  • Architect
    querkraft architekten
  • Const. Company
    structural engineer - thomas lorenz zt gmbh / green space - kräftner landschaftsarch., green4cities
  • Photo Credit
    christina häusler / hertha hurnaus / querkraft
  • Location
    vienna
  • Project Date
    08/2021
  • Project Link

this building makes an important contribution to the future of a living and ecological city and also to the future of retailing – an urban IKEA building which reflects the brand. It’s environmentally sustainable, friendly, open, unconventional and informal.
a 4.5m deep sphere lays around the core like a shady shelf. certain sections of the sphere are accessible during off-hours of the store. it contains all the necessary elements - lifts, stairs or other serving elements. maintenance can be performed from the outside, separate from customer business.
the entrance level is vibrant: four escalators turn towards visitors encouraging to visit the upper levels. the three levels for the showroom and market hall can be arranged completely free. glazed boxes in each floor expand the space and can be provided and used in many different ways. open platforms serve as balcony zones.
the lively mix of different functions like hotel, a restaurant and retail area are completed by the public rooftop accessible beyond shopping hours.
160 trees in the facade and on the roof sustainably influence the micro-climate. computer-simulations indicate a temperature decrease on pedestrian level of 1.5 °C.

Bio
The Vienna-based architecture office querkraft was founded in 1998. The mission statement formulated by querkraft is “giving people space”, which expresses a constant striving for generosity in the field of spatial design and for the kind of freedom that facilitates users’ personal development. In the area of housing, in particular, querkraft has realised many projects that embody this philosophy of poetic pragmatism.