Exhibition: aspern INTERNATIONAL

Ideas for Change: an international view

Fri 12.06.2015 – Mon 24.08.2015
Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster: aspern INTERNATIONAL
© Architekturzentrum Wien, photograph: @ Schreinerkastler, graphic design: LIGA: graphic design

A cooperation by the Architekturzentrum Wien with Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG in the framework of Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change

aspern INTERNATIONAL – Ideas for Change: an international view from KA21 / CastYourArt on Vimeo.

Opening of the exhibition:

Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W
Claudia Nutz, Managing Board Member of the Wien 3420 aspern development AG
Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal

Vienna is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. The largest area of urban development is aspern Vienna’s Urban Lakeside, located in the east of the city. In collaboration with the Architekturzentrum Wien, Wien 3420 aspern development AG invited a select group of architects to participate in a competition for a site in the Lakeside Park Quarter in aspern.

Seven architectural offices from across Europe have been chosen to take part. The aim of the competition was to develop alternative approaches to the architecture of the city, with the emphasis on those themes that confront the city daily. The intention was, through the reinterpretation of Viennese traditions, to allow a wide-ranging debate about the future and the coherence of the city. The competition sought ideas for positive change and new forms for functionally neutral buildings. The results are presented and discussed during the Vienna Biennale 2015 at the Architekturzentrum Wien and in aspern Vienna’s Urban Lakeside.

The jury convened following the presentations, on 22 June.

In the comparative study of the projects submitted, which were without exception on a high level architecturally and as urban developments, the jury reached the following conclusion:
The projects by Atelier Kempe Thill Architects and Planners, by Helen & Hard, and by Hild und K Architekten were recommended for realisation. All three projects responded best and in a very individual manner to the specified requirements, according to the jury’s report. The drive to try new directions in the development of a multifunctional town house is most clearly evident here. These are three strong and clear proposals, credible in architectural approach and in their functional neutrality, and would contribute added value to the overall urban development. The project by Cino Zucchi Architetti (with ifdesign) was also recommended for further development. This design might not have achieved the consistency of the abovementioned projects in responding to the specified requirements but was convincing for its other qualities.

The Minutes of the Jury Meeting can be downloaded on the right.

CURATOR: Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W

Louisa Hutton, Sauerbruch Hutton architects (presiding juror)
Franz Kobermaier, Head of MA 19
Claudia Nutz, Managing Board Member of Wien 3420 aspern development AG
Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W
Silja Tillner, Architect and Member of the aspern advisory board
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director MAK
Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor Executive City Councillor
Helmut Wimmer, Architect

Atelier Kempe Thill Architects and Planners (NL)
Bevk Perovic Arhitekti (SLO)
Cino Zucchi Architetti (I)
Helen & Hard (NO)
Hild und K Architekten (DE)
Lacaton & Vassal Architectes (FRA)
von Ballmoos Krucker Architekten (CH)


12 Jun – 5 Aug 2015, Architekturzentrum Wien, Hall F3
28 Aug – 4 Oct 2015, Technology centre aspern IQ (Foyer)


Sat, 20 Jun 2015, 10am – 5.15pm, Architekturzentrum Wien, Podium

Project supported by: Vienna’s City Department for Housing, Housing Construction, and Urban Renewal / Municipal Department 50, Housing Research Division and International Relations

Public Funding:
Geschäftsgruppe – Stadtentwicklung, Verkehr, Klimaschutz, Energieplanung und BürgerInnenbeteiligung
The Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft

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