IKEA the good neighbour
  • jury winner
    Shopping Centre of the Year
querkraft - christina häusler.

urban, car-free IKEA furniture store and hostel with public roof terrace 

querkraft architekten as Architects

Car-free + urban

This building makes an important contribution to the future of a living and ecological city and also to the future of retailing – this is an urban IKEA with excellent connections to the public transport system and an inviting roof terrace – a good neighbour. 

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

From a three-phase architecture competition involving several workshops querkraft emerged as winner.  At the briefing stage already, the client formulated the aim: “We want to be a good neighbour”. 

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

querkraft’s approach to achieving this goal is reflected by a building that represents an added value, also for its surroundings. The roof terrace accessible to the public that offers somewhere to drink coffee, to relax and to enjoy the view of the city, and the large amount of greenery on all the facades – these are all aspects that contribute to being “a good neighbour”.  

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

External shelving  

The building’s external shell recalls a set of shelves. This about 4.5-metre-deep, shelf-like zone runs around the building and provides shade. It allows spaces to expand, provides room for terraces and greenery, as well as for servant elements like lifts, escape stairs and building services.  

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

Openness allows interaction 

The entrance level is a lively place – a generous void will link it to the retail areas that stretch  in front of it along  Mariahilfer Straße. A void extending right through the interior of the building will allow visual contacts between the different storeys.

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

160 trees on and around the building 

Trees on the facade and on the roof have a perceptible impact on the microclimate. As the trees could be placed at different heights and depths in the building there is more planting than would be possible on the building’s ground area. In the “Urban Heat Island-Strategy Plan“ of the City of Vienna planting is one of the most important measures. The climbing plants and trees of the IKEA furniture store have a cooling and humidifying effect – like a kind of natural air conditioning system. The air temperature will be improved at the pedestrian level, too.

Computer simulations indicate a relevant temperature decrease of 1.5°C. 

photo_credit (c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.
(c) querkraft - hertha hurnaus.

Centralised + efficient building services 
To ensure efficient conditioning of the building the services are based on a simple principle: short distances and direct access. In the building the infrastructure is left visible, which increases the perceived height of the space.  

Mix of functions through open floor plans 

The prefabricated reinforced concrete columns stand on a c. 10 x 10-metre grid that allows flexibility in the use and design of the spaces. Adaptations to meet changing demands can be made easily, as is already becoming apparent. IKEA retail occupies the lower floors, the Jo&Joe Hostel with 345 beds is located on the top two floors. This mix creates a building that is alive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

photo_credit (c) querkraft architekten.
(c) querkraft architekten.
photo_credit (c) querkraft architekten.
(c) querkraft architekten.
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