Albert Wimmer Architects completes the ZIP housing complex in Vienna
The social housing scheme ZIP, located on Winarskystrasse and Hellwagstrasse, is an urban innovation, standing within the cityscape of Vienna’s twentieth district. ZIP is a synonym for the diverse uses that the building has and the way in which the building interlocks horizontally and vertically, based on the principle of a zipper.
The 168m long and 16m wide roof landscape, with its garden and leisure facilities, offer inhabitants a green oasis. The outdoor pool, in particular, with its fantastic views, the fitness room and running track, as well as the diverse vegetation in the rooftop garden and the children’s play area guarantees unrivalled recreational possibilities for a multi-storey residential building. In addition to various types of apartments, the building also contains a social centre on the ground floor on Winarskystrasse and a medical practice on Hellwagstrasse.
The 127 living units are accessible via a naturally lit stairway with viewing galleries set over two-storeys and a varied selection of comfortable homes for residents to choose from. The interlocking maisonettes and an open, transparent base zone with entrance and playroom for children make excellent use of the space and are structurally unique to look at. In the maisonette area, interplay of differently sized bay windows and the use of ventilated ceramics on the façade enhance the building’s meander pattern. With the help of the interlocking structure and innovative use of various functional zones and materials a succinct arrangement that optimally corresponds with residents’ needs is achieved. Like a bridge over the city, the base zone broadens the cityscape and through that, creates a high-quality spatial ambience between inside and out, making ZIP a unique and desirable building in which to live and work.