>> The projects are mainly the results of quality assurance procedures that were carried out between 2015 and 2017: a developers' competition, a tendering procedure among building cooperatives and two so-called 'Quartiershäuser' tendering procedures, which were intended to find outstanding projects with a high-quality mix of uses.
The basic idea was that a good mix of plots of land that were sold unconditionally and those that had to meet certain criteria - the 'gems' of the neighborhood as it were - would create a livable and urban city district overall. The first findings give reason to expect outstanding results.<<
Robert Temel, Spokesperson of Plattform Baukulturpolitik
A new neighborhood south of Vienna Main Station.
South of Vienna Main Station, a new neighborhood with around 5,500 apartments for around 13,000 residents, 20,000 jobs, a school campus, office buildings and numerous shops, as well as a 7ha park area is being developed. The first apartments were occupied in late 2013. The entire new neighborhood is expected to be built and populated by 2022. At the western edge, the Sonnwendviertel is already populated. The predominant block perimeter development creates clear edges to the street and protected inner courtyards. New strategies were developed to create an urban area in the Sonnwendviertel Ost. Here, planners and developers had to jointly present innovative use concepts in order to ensure that the neighborhood would be filled with life.
Cooperative Master Plan.
In 2012, the City decided to consider the Master Plan for the development of the Sonnwendviertel from 2004 as the basis for a revision. A panel of experts selected a planning team that analyzed the qualities, shortcomings and possibilities of the existing master plan for the Sonnwendviertel. Over the course of several workshops, a new, Cooperative Master Plan was agreed upon. In this context, supplementary framework conditions for a mobility and open space concept were developed.
Traffic-free and worth living.
The area is to be kept largely free of motorized transit traffic. The heart of the neighborhood is the Bloch-Bauer-Promenade, which meanders through the area like the course of a river, branching out into paths, widening into squares and losing itself in courtyards. For most buildings in the neighborhood it was stipulated that they could not have their own underground car park, but had to accommodate mandatory parking spaces in collective garages. Multi-story parking garages were built along the Bahnuferstraße, which are easily accessible for residents and at the same time provide a noise barrier to rail traffic.
Quartiershäuser and building cooperatives.
The development of the area Sonnwendviertel Ost is characterized by urbanity created by small parts and a wide variety of uses. This is not always the case in development areas. Many building sites in prominent locations were reserved for building cooperatives and for the new type of Quartiershaus. A Quartiershaus can offer more than just housing. It is the sum of many multifaceted small-scale parts and, in addition to its architectural quality, it radiates urbanity into the surrounding district. In other words, it does not stand for itself alone, but creates offers for the neighborhood, its surroundings, for the entire city district. The new neighborhood is to achieve the highest urban quality and make for a good life in the district by means of small parts, a variety of uses, a wide range of modes of use and users, innovative mobility concepts and open space design.
Information on available commercial space in the Sonnwendviertel can be obtained from GB*Stadtteilmanagement - Sonnwendviertel/ Hauptbahnhof: