>> Already in the early development stage (2016), an intensive dialog with the owners in the block was started and continued on a regular basis. The resulting constructive cooperation now leads to the fact that all owners support the present development proposal and see their interests safeguarded [...] This dialog will of course be continued in order to seek further synergies. This cooperation is also to be continued in the construction phase and during operation. <<
Klaus Wolfinger, Project Coordinator of G’mischter Block
Cooperative development in the existing building stock.
Based on the Master Plan Gründerzeit, essential and previously underused parts of a Gründerzeit block are to be redeveloped in Vienna-Favoriten. Particular attention is paid to revitalizing the ground floor zone. The development of three plots of land adjoining each other in the central part of the block will allow synergy potentials to be exploited, e.g. with regard to garages, but also garbage disposal rooms and a shared outdoor space in the inner courtyard. In this way, usable space can be better created on the ground floor to accommodate a nursery school and the extension of a local initiative of the association Handverlesen. This is an essential impulse to revitalize the public space around the block and everyday life in general.
Change without displacement.
A transformation of originally highly commercial or mixed-use old stock in the Gründerzeit area often takes place in Vienna, but it also often leads to heavily fenced-off and high-priced housing situations with little connection to the immediate surroundings. This is particularly the case if the radical change is aimed at upgrading the entire block right from the start of planning. In the case of G’mischter Block, the aim was deliberately formulated to avoid displacement effects. The consistent derivation of the overall concept for the three properties from the Master Plan Gründerzeit is still new and deserves special attention, not least because of its exemplary effect for other comparable development projects. The project is also intended as a source of inspiration for the neighborhood.
How talking helps.
The development of several properties in a Gründerzeit block with diverse ownership structures is accompanied by a high degree of complexity. In the case of G’mischter Block, a process was started in the run-up to the project, which involved intensive discussions with the owners and thus led to a viable basis for a solution across properties.
Developing common goals in a dialog.
The project was prepared strategically carefully and consistently over a period of more than two years, with intensive dialog with the owners already in the initial stage, which led to a consensual approach and not least to the integration of existing businesses into the overall development. For example, in addition to exhibition and depot areas, the spatial planning of the association Handverlesen includes a spacious event room with a variable spatial concept, a wine lounge and a professional restaurant kitchen. Spaces for external events, e.g. for local clubs or for celebrations, can also be used by residents of the building. This enables cooperation not only within the block, but also in the surrounding area and the creation of a new neighborhood meeting spot in the district.
A lot of nature in the densely built-up city.
G’mischter Block is also characterized by resource-saving construction and sustainable planting concepts. Planting areas and earth trunks are included in the planning right from the start and are integrated into the structural shell of the building, i.e. no separate static system is required. Resistant plant types guarantee longevity and low maintenance.