Engagement

Statements Architecture Lounge Partners

For the Architekturzentrum Wien many years of working with the members of the Architecture Lounge have opened up an exciting field of communication and exchange of knowledge about architecture and urban planning. We would like to sincerely thank all our partners for their high level of commitment in terms of both content and time.

Wolfgang Gleissner, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

BIG is a business of the Austrian Republic with a clear economic mission, which additionally endeavours to meet certain social responsibilities. These include sensitive treatment of historic building fabric, preservation of the value of existing real estate, and the tailor-made introduction of new buildings and extensions. A fundamental premise for all BIG projects is establishing a dialogue between functionality and the economic, ecological and comprehensive quality of architecture and building. The basis for this is a consistently conducted dialectical discourse, i.e. constant interaction with all the proponents of this course. In this context the Architecture Lounge of the Az W offers the perfect setting.

Daniel Riedl, Buwog Group

As an undertaking the provision of good housing is simply too long-term to allow consideration of short-lived fashionable tendencies. Yet housing is also subject to constant change and innovation, which made it essential to regularly examine developments in the field of architecture.

Günter Kerbler, cetus Baudevelopment

“I regard myself as a specialist in the real estate and property development sector, and I have a general interest in innovative property investment and development: regardless of whether an old building, a commercial development or a hotel. Real estate development is, though, called upon to pursue the idea of environmentally friendly, sustainable building. It is essential to rethink urban development. The trend towards using wood as a raw material shows a general movement away from too much concrete and steel in favour of alternative raw materials or building methods. I have been passionate about wood, a natural raw material, for a number of years. It astonishes me that wood was forgotten about in the past and is suddenly making a comeback now. Furthermore, in Austria we’re living in a country of woodland, and we should be using this valuable resource. Conventional buildings obviously have their own merits, it doesn’t always have to be either/or. At our HoHo Wien, for example, the exterior consists of around 75% wood, the central access and utility core is made of solid reinforced concrete. The two materials compliment one another perfectly, although you can’t beat the atmosphere of unclad wood.

As Partners of the Architecture Lounge, we value the independent professional conversations with other Partners, colleagues and architects. The platform often provides a strong stimulus and, above all, new inspiration.”

Fritz Kittel, EGW Heimstätte Ges.m.b.H.

The subject of architecture is a factor that represents an important criterion for the intrinsic value of real estate and, in a broader sense, also for the attractiveness of locations. In this sense, it is important for us to promote and use the Az W as a focal point between architecture, business and politics. The aim is to establish and maintain a lively discourse on these topics that is in tune with the times and reflects current developments. We want to be part of a network from which important impulses come for all participants and in which the above-mentioned areas find their place in the Architecture Lounge for mutual benefit.

Hans-Jörg Kasper, Eternit

As a material fibre cement from Eternit has long been the source of inspiration for important designers. Both in the past and today the company has always been very close to architecture and regards itself as a having a clear commitment in this area. The network of the Architecture Lounge offers many excellent opportunities to exchange ideas and opinions.

Andreas Pfeiler, Fachverband der Stein- und keramischen Industrie

The climate and energy debate is creating new framework conditions in the building sector. With its cross-industry platform BAU!MASSIV!, the Fachverband Steine-Keramik is constantly providing new impulses to meet future requirements. The buildings of the future must not be degraded to pure energy consumers. Rather, the future of the building sector lies in collecting energy, storing energy and providing energy. Where if not in the Architecture Lounge of the Az W can one find the necessary expertise to face the discourse on future-proof construction methods in the light of energy self-sufficiency?

Christian Nüssel, FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner

As our motto “ideas become reality” says, we are open to innovation and change and continually questioning our actions in our endeavours to make a genuine contribution to a sustained increase in living standards. Engaging with high-quality architecture helps FPC to continue developing the extensive catalogue of services. The Architekturzentrum Wien provides an excellent framework for interdisciplinary discussions with architects, civil engineers, clients, investors and construction firms. This engagement with all of the Architekturzentrum Wien partners not only promotes the exchange of expertise, it also promotes a culture of mutual trust. This is, in our view, an essential building block for the successful realisation of projects.

Ewald Kirschner, Gesiba

Good housing architecture is not an end in itself, it also serves people’s needs: as individuals but also as member of a social group. Good residential architecture creates societal, social and communicative added value. Good architecture is courage to experiment, without giving form priority over content. Good architecture allows flexibility and creates spaces. Good residential architecture is a dialogue: between the building and the environment, between public space and the design of the surroundings for private life. Good architecture develops from the discussion process between developer and architects, future residents and users. Good residential architecture is self-assured, but never arrogant.

Gesiba has developed its philosophy in accordance with these premises and, together with architects, has found innovative solutions. From the revitalisation of the gasometers to the BikeCity, the inter-generation housing complexes,  Alt Erlaa housing park or the new residential districts at the former Nordbahnhof and in the Sonnwendviertel. As well as meeting the creative challenge to help shape the city, the emphasis has always been on the goal of guaranteeing fair housing and living conditions to the best possible standard. And this goal has, by and large, been successfully met.

Institutions and initiatives such as the Architekturzentrum Wien are so essential, because they promote dialogue about housing, planning and building, provide exemplary exhibitions that train people how to see, demonstrate how utopias can be realised and show architecture in the social context. And, not least importantly, the Az W is a forum, a database and a platform for architects, developers and planners.

Johann Scheuringer, Josko

In construction and renovation work there is a growing awareness of quality. We stand for genuine quality. Particularly in the timber/aluminium segment alongside high standards and precision in production, professional advice is essential to ensure that customers can make their decisions with the requisite foresight. People appreciate this expertise, which extends from quality to a unique variety of products to the design possibilities offered by our smart-mix philosophy. The further development of market leadership is just one of the consequences, for which we are very grateful. For Josko the Architecture Lounge is an important partner in helping to intensify the focus on the concepts of quality and sustainability within our branch.

Stefan Eisinger-Sewald, Kallco

In recent years Viennese housing, thanks to its architectural, social and ecological quality, has acquired an excellent international reputation. As a developer Kallco takes an active part in this development and in carrying out its projects seeks collaboration and exchange of ideas with important creative forces.

For Kallco the Architekturzentrum Wien as a whole – and its Architecture Lounge in particular – represents an important platform for cultivating contacts and expanding the horizons of its own business activities.  Encounters at the member conferences and  architecture trips offer a variety of opportunities to meet important persons and to develop ideas in a stimulating atmosphere.

Winfried Kallinger, Kallinger Projects

I have been in the Architecture Lounge for so long that I may already have an inventory number. The various, sometimes unconventional, but ultimately successful paths that I have taken with my respective companies as property developer, enthusiastic about architecture, have often had their starting point in suggestions that I have received in discussions, and, not least, when travelling within the Architecture Lounge. These suggestions have kept our commitment fresh and alive and cannot be overestimated as a value when it comes to finding a balance between the various, often contradictory aspects of building in a social environment that has become difficult.

Stephan Jainöcker, Mischek

Discussion expands horizons (also one’s own). The Architecture Lounge of the Az W encourages politics, business and architecture to examine controversial standpoints and is therefore an important initiator of major contemporary developments.

Karl Wurm, Neue Heimat

For many years now Neue Heimat and Gewog have been successfully following new paths in the field of housing construction. The public associates both businesses with innovative and committed projects. In housing the central challenge lies in rapidly responding to the growing need for reasonably priced apartments. To achieve this dialogue-oriented and decisive action is needed, particularly as regards the themes building costs, norms and the provision of suitable sites. The Architecture Lounge of the Az W encourages this dialogue and we are therefore happy to support it.

Johann Gruber, Neues Leben

The implementation of a high-quality and cost-effective residential building requires a broad dialogue and discourse with the teams of architects from day one. We have been committed to this open and appreciative approach to all planners for decades. In order to ensure permanent further development, our corporate philosophy is based on a broad diversification of commissions for teams of architects as well as the employment of young up-and-coming architectural firms. Four awards with the Austrian Bauherrenpreis in the last two decades is an appreciation of our chosen path.

Michael Pech, ÖSW

In my view architecture is a question of client culture. For this reason the  Österreichisches Siedlungswerk inscribes the architectural aspect it its mission statement, and socially and economically acceptable planning and building are a fixed part of our company philosophy.

Andreas Reittinger, ÖVW

Our goal is to offer people the opportunity for a better life through the creation of living space. To meet this aim a high degree of quality in terms of concepts and architecture is required. As a reliable partner the Architekturzentrum Wien offers us a platform for discussion, for mutual exchange and for the development  of cooperation and partnerships.

Josef Ostermayer, Sozialbau

Creating high quality living space at affordable prices means more than providing a “roof over one’s head”. It also includes attractive architecture with a recognisable “styling” and innovative accents. Whether in the case of the first solid timber-built, multi-storey housing block in Spöttlegasse, the housing model for inter-ethnic neighbourhoods in the “Globaler Hof”, or our “pioneering achievement” in the Seestadt Aspern – for Sozialbau AG the central benchmark has always been functional, cost-efficient socially and ecologically responsible planning and building. But not just that: the future residents are always a central focus of our work. We therefore attach great importance to a moderated and resident-friendly use of our housing developments.

The Architecture Lounge of the Az W offers an excellent platform for discussing these ambitions with colleagues from the areas of architecture, planning and development.

Theodor Klais, STRABAG AG

The client and the architects’ creative ideas – together they make it possible to carry out investments that are sustainable in terms of quality. As a provider of construction services Strabag AG it is always interested in encouraging partnership-based collaboration between those involved in an investment. Membership of the Az W Architecture Lounge enables us to constantly improve our understanding of the demands of architecture, its needs and ambitions and consequently to develop partnership models further.

Erwin Gröss, STRABAG Real Estate

STRABAG Real Estate is one of the leading project developers in Austria and the CEE countries. It is part of the STRABAG SE group. The company’s range of services covers all phases of project development – from initiation and planning to realization, leasing and sale. We specialize in the development of high-quality and sustainable residential and commercial properties. Our name stands for the development of the future on the real estate market, and therefore we consciously deal with trends, changes and usage needs in order to find innovative solutions. In Austria, trends such as adaptability and flexibility are successfully implemented in residential construction.

An essential factor in this is also sophisticated architecture. In the spirit of our corporate values, the dialogue with the Architecture Lounge of the Architekturzentrum Wien is therefore very important and appreciative for us as well as an excellent platform for exchange with and within the industry.

Thomas Wetzstein, Vasko+Partner

VASKO+PARTNER value interdisciplinary collaboration with architects highly. Together and through intensive exchange a variety of exciting projects can be developed. Discussing visions and finding ways of implementing them is part of our daily work. We have made our name as a general consultant for a number of important major projects: the old Aula of Vienna University, the WU Campus, the world’s first passive-house office tower – the RHW.2 – and also the Weltmuseum are just a few of such projects.

VASKO+PARTNER  welcomes the Architecture Lounge of the Az W, as the only way to discover new paths, develop new strategies and arrive at innovative solutions is through open discussion.

VELUX Austria

VELUX brings light to life. VELUX is a global company founded on the vision of daylight, fresh air and a high quality of life – 3 features that make life complete in millions of homes all over the world. Our vision has developed since the first VELUX skylight was built into a Danish school seventy-five years ago – however our values have remained the same. As the world’s largest manufacturer of roof windows, today VELUX stands for light, air and a view from the attic, creating a better living atmosphere and a better quality of life under one and the same roof.

Energy efficiency and sustainability are indispensable goals for us – but always in a context of a healthy environment for residents. So the VELUX Group engages in collaborations with the most renowned scientists in this field, on the health impact of daylight and its impact on people’s behaviours.
The subject of “healthy indoor air” is one of the core competences of the VELUX Group. Exchange with the experts of the Architecture Lounge of the Architekturzentrum Wien provides us with valuable input in our endeavours.

Vitra

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects… The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se” – Charles Eames. Today, more than 60 years later, this statement is as valid as ever and describes a central point that shapes the “Vitra Project” daily! Precisely today, where in fact there are no longer any boundaries, connection or, to use the more common term, networking is omnipresent. Like with everything in life the important thing is what one does with it – and this can certainly be something good: meeting and exchanging ideas with like-minded people is also one of the strengths of the Az W Architecture Lounge. There is surely little better than learning from such a group about new and creative approaches to the themes we deal with daily, which can personally advance each of us through new ideas. And – in accordance with the guiding principles of Vitra – together with important designers designing innovative products and concepts, which architects, businesses and private users employ to create inspiring spaces for work and living, as well as retail premises and public areas.

Michael Gehbauer, WBV-GPA Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte

For the WBV-GPA housing association high quality architecture is part of our business philosophy: people, scales, milestones. Without working with the best architects in the country, we would never have created milestones such as the Gasometer B, the Frauen-Werk-Statt, the Kauerhof, the residential tower block K6, the women’s housing project Rosa Donaustadt, the GreenHouse student residence in the Seestadt Aspern, or the neunerhaus Hagenmüllergasse. And we want to continue along this successful path.

Gerhard Schuster, Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG

For aspern Die Seestadt Wiens (Aspern, Vienna’s urban lakeside) we in the Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG have set ourselves ambitious goals: the Seestadt is intended to be urban with a good mix, a high quality of life for all generations, and an attractive setting for businesses and their staff. The leitmotif is the creation of sustainability in all areas of urban planning.  Ambitious architecture and spatial planning concepts combined with an excellent infrastructure are intended to make the Seestadt into a district of Vienna worth living in by 2028 – and to remain so afterwards. To achieve these goals it is most important for us to be able to rely on an established centre for knowledge and research on the themes of architecture and the culture of building. In this regard the Az W is a most valuable cooperation partner.

Michael Steibl, Geschäftsstelle Bau (WKÖ)

Architecture is the art of building in the broadest sense of the term. A building must not only meet the users’ needs but should also satisfy criteria with regards to cultural, social, ecological and economic sustainability. The Architecture Lounge of the Az W has established its place as a valuable forum for those who make architecture and those who are interested in it. This provides a valuable contribution to the culture of building and encourages communication between those involved in the building process.

Gregor Puscher, Dieter Groschopf, wohnfonds_wien

The wohnfonds_wien, fonds für wohnbau und stadterneuerung (Vienna fund for housing construction and urban renewal) is responsible for ensuring quality in the construction of subsidised housing and the renovation of existing housing. In this area innovations play a major role. For many years we have been receiving stimuli and ideas from the Az W that are of central importance in this regard. The Az W Architecture Lounge with its events and architecture trips serves as a valuable knowledge platform and communication hub. New social, economic and planning aspects flow into our evaluation system, which is carried by the four piers “Economy”, “Social Sustainability”, “Architecture” and “Ecology”. Along with her knowledge of Viennese housing Angelika Fitz, Director of the Az W, introduces international experience and aspects. The Az W presents itself as a reliable and constructive partner in the field of Viennese housing in general and for us in particular with regard to our wohnfonds_wien_talks and exhibitions.

Josef Herwei, WSE Wiener Standortentwicklung

Anyone who deals with location and project development automatically also deals with architecture. The concern of the WSE Wiener Standortentwicklung GmbH is to develop and build properties in a sustainable way while taking account of the existing surroundings to the greatest possible extent – and always with the aim of strengthening Vienna as a business location. Good architecture is an enormously important component in ensuring the success of this work.

The Architecture Lounge offers us a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with all involved from the areas of art, culture, business and politics. Good solutions can only be found through discussion and the exchange of ideas. In this area the Az W has created the appropriate platform.