Urbansuperforest is a radical way of transforming cities and pushing their complexity by adding a layer based on a new housing typology.
In 2017 a group of citizens realized a rooftop extension shaped like terraced housing platforms at 1st district of Vienna. These platforms were like stacked little paradises covered with dense vegetation. Designing homes based on their own visions of an ideal living environment, they got avantgardes of shaping future cities. Their housing platforms gave specific answers to major problems of modern cities. Using existing infrastructure and extending them vertically with light wooden constructions, result in higher density and reduce land-use. Wood as main structural material lowers primary energy use by 1/3 and functions as gigantic carbon dioxide storage. Combing qualities of forest ecosystems and urban metropolis, the existing city is transforming in a radical way. A synthesis of architecture and nature evolves a complex new organism. In 2050 almost 96% Vienna roofs are activated as URBANSUPERFOREST.
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The layman stage taped by the Dilettanten-Theaterverein 1812 lies in the historical centre of Kremsmünster in Upper Austria, at the notorious Tötenhengst. One engaged and also talented group of actors inspire their audience from near and afar which counts annually about 4000 visitors in a 110 person sized hall. Family atmosphere with its tight and close relation to the stage is fascinating. Renovation is necessary and that brings a discussion about monument protection as well as a question about handling the existing one. Under term renovation talk Hermann Czech about dialectic of two efforts: that of retaining and one of changing. By understanding Czech’s dialectic, focus of my work is trying to derive a personal approach out of local situation, and to make an extension in the sense of the existing – the begun history is continuing to write. The homogeneity of the existing becomes a strategy which combines old and new and through it represents a complete work.
Competition Residential Building Kalsdorf
2nd PRIZE / INVITED COMPETITION
The urban organization of the buildings tries to continue the village structure of the surrounding in a compact way. The outlines of each individual apartment type are translated into 2-3-storey "houses" and arranged in their orientation and materiality to a colorful ensemble. The staircases extend the sidewalk system of the quarter in a vertically way between the houses and form compact structures. Variously designed façades increase the individuality and give each apartment an individual character. Residents and visitors will experience a high degree of recognition and a distinctive addressing. The centrally located Quarter-Square forms a center for new neighborhoods and plenty of space for outdoor activities. The place is allocated a play area for children and a common room for the whole neighborhood. An east-west oriented "Boulevard" crosses the property and connects the north-south running access roads with the square. A lively neighborhood with densely landscaped gardens and colorful houses creates a framework for happy residents.
Situated on a south orientated slope the design of villa Marie focuses on two aspects. A bungalow concept organizes all rooms on one level around a central living area and the west orientated veranda terrace connects living room and garden. Three functional cubes define a central living area, which is extendable with two additional rooms. Cutouts in the boxes provide possible views through all spaces and connect them to the surrounding. The wooden bungalow touches the ground on the north and opens up an entrance and service level in the basement. The wooden construction will be prefabricated and assembled on site. Wood as main material of floor and ceiling will define the atmosphere in the house, combined with fiber cement board covered functional cubes.
Competition Music School & Concert Hall St. Valentin
HONORABLE MENTION - 4.PRIZE / OPEN COMPETITON
Two buildings spatially form the main functions of the concert hall and the music school. The locally striking form of the 4-sided farm houses is found as music court, as well as roof construction of the large hall, referring to the site. The two main volumes are enclosed by a translucent façade, which forms outdoor spaces in the form of courtyards. The courtyards serve as a spatial extension for the music school and the concert hall. A spacious entrance courtyard is located to Langenharterstraße and forms the transition between a heterogeneous environment and an introverted spatial structure. The translucent facade functions as filter to the outside world and transforms the interior into a festive stage for a versatile event program.
OUTDOOR SPACES 3 courtyards are designed according to their use. In the entrance courtyard you find yourself in an introverted square with urban elements such as groups of trees, benches, garden on a large part of paved ground. A contemplative patio is created in the music courtyard. The up-lights of the performance hall are framed with planters and form shaded seating benches. The courtyard becomes the quiet center of the music school. A paradise garden is created in the paradise courtyard. It serves as an extended backdrop for the large hall and frames every event with lush nature. A sequence of different interior and exterior spaces gives a variety of outsight, insights and perspectives.
A characteristic plot with a shifting row of houses allows Villa Lila to orientate towards two green spaces. Cutting the volume of the house with an open patio on the east elevation a private outdoor space is extending the living rooms. Lifting the living level from the ground offers a great view to the Alps while keeping the garden private with a green fence to the road. A side effect of lifting the volume results in space underneath for garage and storage without using garden area for parking. Special sun protection panels allow the villa to open and close to the outside with changing the villas appearance and controlling privacy inside. Like a floating volume house Lila occupies the plot and starts his relation to the landscape of Voralpenland.
form follows... exhibition HDA Graz
The FORM FOLLOWS ... exhibition at the House of Architecture - HDA Graz will allow visitors to discover the intellectual and practical universes of nine optimistic, young architectural positions/practices that develop possible answers to relevant societal questions in order to get an insight about what drives them in their designs.
Super Future Group was invited to present Urban Super Forest in a 3-dimensional way. We designed a big scale model in 1:10, hovering in the exhibition space. A simple box from the outside shows today’s rooftop-landscape of Vienna. As surprising experience, visitors are invited to stick their head into the bottom of the box. In four thematic boxes referring to the flats we are showing project descriptions and explanations. Discovering the fifth Hole a new world is appearing and showing qualities of living in Urban Super Forest.
Participants from the Future Architecture Platform - Selected positions/practices: Anna Jurkiewicz & Robert Lamprecht| Super Future Group| Urban Super Forest Christoph Wiesmayr | Acting out of the Niche Guerilla Architects | Guerilla Architects Jack Self | The Ingot Jerome Becker, Florian Sommer & Lukas Vejnik | Bedroom Exodus Lavinia Scaletti | ZIP City: Houseless not Homeless Plan Commun | Common Places Sara Neves & Filipe Estrela | Self constructed Paradigms URBZ | No Future
9 optimistic positions/practices and a swarm of 291 ideas from the Future Architecture Platform Curators & exhibition design: Ingrid Sabatier & Stephan Schwarz - ISSSresearch&architecture
Exhibition 10.06.2016 bis 14.08.2016
HDA im Palais Thinnfeld, Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz
The aim of the project was to design a ski resort in Szczyrk - winter capital of Silesia in Poland. The project involves the modernization of existing ski infrastructure and creating new ski lifts and slopes. Designing in the mountain area required to respect existing context. The landscape is the biggest attraction of the ski resorts, so in the concept, mountain area and terrain were the starting point for creating design guidelines. I abolished all existing spatial conflicts to improve the comfort of the skier’s movement. I used the latest technology solutions which make the modern form of the building. The ski resort is attuned to requirements of skiers and also other tourists.
Diploma project - Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Silesian University of Technology, Poland