GUN | On Forest’s Edge Housing

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Social Housing
  • Company/Firm
    trans_city TC ZT GmbH
  • Lead Designer
    Mark Gilbert (Partner); CHRISTIAN AULINGER (Partner)
  • Design Team
    Matthias Brandmaier; Tana Kubikova, Dietmar Hahn
  • Architect
    trans_city TC ZT GmbH
  • Interior Designer
    trans_city TC ZT GmbH
  • Const. Company
  • Location
    1220 Vienna, Austria
  • Project Date
    30. October, 2020

‘Am Waldrand’ (On forest’s Edge)

The site was located adjacent to the Aspern Memorial Forest, an extraordinary nature reserve that forms the northern edge of the city’s ‘Esslinger Garten City’ district.
The site plan of the 151 apartment, family-friendly housing estate mediates between city and woodland, creating a contextually sensitive addition to the existing garden city, as well as an intimate connection to the adjacent woodland. Three stepped building masses generate three well-proportioned outdoor rooms. To the south, three-story high facades frame an urban forecourt. In the center, two green courts, open to the forest in the north, form the residential heart of the complex.
The architectural language is modest, laconic, assured. Corner windows and cantilevered balconies lend sculptural complexity to the otherwise quite strict lines. The stucco surfaces of the estate’s crisp forms are rendered in a soft blue tone; the warm white of the flared window jambs provide a harmonious tonal contrast and fine-tunes the buildings’ proportions. The subtle metallic glaze of the wooden balustrades infuses the ensemble with luminosity and enriches its ambience and atmosphere.

trans_city is an office for Architecture and Urban Design.

We develop innovative solutions for housing, schools and building systems, as well as for urban planning and public spaces.

trans_city is active across the globe, but the centerpoint of our work is Vienna, a city with an illustrious architectural tradition. For us it is a home base, a source of inspiration and a laboratory for design.

trans_city considers the larger social context. The city should be benefit all who live in and use it. Our ambition is to make solid, intelligent and beautiful architecture affordable for everyone.

Other prizes
2021 A+/Architzer Best Firm Award – Finalist, Multi-Unit Residential Architektur / TC 2020 Architecture MasterPrize 2020 – Honourable Mention, Category “Social Housing” / SCH A+/Architzer Award – Finalist, Category Commercial-Mixed Use / SIE BIG SEE Award for outstanding Architecture in SE Europe / STA 2019 Candidate Project, IBA Vienna 2022 / DON Architecture MasterPrize 2019 / SIE dezeen awards 2019 – longlist architecture / SIE BIG SEE Award for outstanding Architecture in SE Europe / FUX ECOLA-Award 2019 (nominated) / LRS gebaut 2018/SCHORSCH Architecture Prize of the City of Vienna / STA 2018 best architects 2019 / SAT Architecture MasterPrize 2018 / FUX Candidate Project, IBA Vienna 2022 / SIE klimaaktiv Gold, Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism / SIE gebaut 2017/SCHORSCH Architecture Prize of the City of Vienna / SAT 2017 gebaut 2016/SCHORSCH Architecture Prize of the City of Vienna / LRS, FUX 2012 impulse XS /Austrian Federal Project Finance Award / TER 2008 departure/Project Finance Award, City of Vienna / JAC, VIL