ÖBB headquarters

ÖBB headquarters

Zechner and Zechner

INNOCAD architecture
Vienna, Austria
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Zechner and Zechner

INNOCAD architecture
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
Furntiure - CatifaArper SPACatifa 46, Fred, Catifa 60
LightingZumtobel Lighting Gmbh
"Poodle" and " Glory" carpetOBJECT CARPET GmbH
Screen - 3,6 km long, movable textile screen, with atmospheric, acustic and fire protection qualitiesGerriets GmbH
Lighting – RGB lightingXal GmbH
Carpet - "Stratos" - carpet stripes with special colorsDesso

Product Spec Sheet
Furntiure - Catifa
"Poodle" and " Glory" carpet
Screen - 3,6 km long, movable textile screen, with atmospheric, acustic and fire protection qualities
Lighting – RGB lighting
Carpet - "Stratos" - carpet stripes with special colors
by Desso

Streamlined tower - ÖBB headquarters building at Vienna´s Central Station

Zechner and Zechner as Architects

The ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) has decided to build their corporate headquarters in the immediate vicinity of the new Vienna main train station. The Viennese architectural firm Zechner & Zechner emerged as winners from the two-stage, EU-wide architectural planning competition in 2009.

The aim of the concept was to find an outstanding architectural object for the corporate headquarters, which was to provide optimal working and communication conditions for the approximately 1600 employees from various different ÖBB companies.

The 88m high office tower acts as a landmark for the new district south of the new Central Train Station. An S-shaped curve of the building and the recess at the site‘s northern border opens the structure to the forecourt. The dynamically curved main form and the smooth rounded surface are reminiscent of modern high-speed trains. The configuration of the floor plan allows maximum flexibility of the various office organisation options. The strategy of reversible offices has proven to be the optimal concept in terms of investment because of its high flexibility, which makes it easily adaptable to individual user‘s requirements.

Zechner & Zechner designed a sustainable “slim building” with low primary energy consumption and limited use of domestic engineering, while at the same time having a healthy and comfortable climate. Regulatable external sun blinds, natural ventilation, heat dissipation via automatic ventilation, the redirection of light to optimise natural illumination and reduce energy consumption for lighting and natural humidification with islands of plants are used to achieve this.

The building is equipped with a double skin façade and supplied by district heating and cooling. Thanks to the activation of thermal mass and consistent use of waste heat a very low total energy consumption can be guaranteed.

ÖBB Headquarters Vienna

INNOCAD architecture as Architects

The design, a winner of an invited competition for the Austrian Railways headquarters, is based on a distinctive corporate design translating the notion of mobility and travel into the interior architecture. In collaboration with United Everything, a graphic design studio, the atmospheric and functional key element, a 3.6 km long movable textile screen, was created showing an exquisite voyage through the country. This large-scale installation, spanning all twenty-three floors, depicts the rhythm and motion of passing landscapes as a sequence of visual sensations, both accelerating and decelerating across the screens. The strategy behind the movable screen is to increase spontaneous communication and to generate privacy and concentration areas through individual screen rearrangements defining and zoning options. Open and closed communication, as well as relaxation areas are placed along the middle zone to create a communal center and to avoid overlapping with focused working. Used as a filter be-tween the exchange area and the side rooms, the screen fosters interaction and combines, at the same time, warmth and softness with excellent acoustics properties. Even in the multi-functional “Sky Lobby” this design concept continues. A railway related artistic and abstract graphic screen changes its pattern and visible content dynamically in combination with RGB lighting.

Material Used :
1. Desso Carpets - Floor / Carpet - "Stratos" - carpet stripes with special colors
2. Object Carpet- Floor / Carpet -"Poodle" and " Glory" carpet
3. Gerriets Austria CEE GmbH – Screen - 3,6 km long, movable textile screen, with atmospheric, acustic and fire protection qualities
4. Pandomo – Floor Coating - "Floor Plus" coating
5. Offecct – Furniture – small room
6. Lande – Furniture – first class
7. Arper – Furntiure - Catifa
8. Wever & Ducre – Lighting – Rock Light
9. XAL GmbH – Lighting – RGB lighting
10. Viteo – Lounge Furniture – Low Collection

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