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Wien Museum Neu, Vienna, Austria

Wednesday 23 Dec 2015

A new look at an old favourite

Wien Museum Neu by Winkler + Ruck,  Ferdinand Certov in Vienna, Austria
© Winkler, Ruck, Certov 
Wien Museum Neu by Winkler + Ruck,  Ferdinand Certov in Vienna, Austria Wien Museum Neu by Winkler + Ruck,  Ferdinand Certov in Vienna, Austria Wien Museum Neu by Winkler + Ruck,  Ferdinand Certov in Vienna, Austria
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Winkler + Ruck with Certov architects win the international architectural competition to redesign the WIEN MUSEUM in Vienna 

The winner of the international architecture competition for the redesign of the WIEN MUSEUM on Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria has been chosen. During their assembly on 19 November, the international jury selected a design by the Austrian architecture team Winkler + Ruck (Klagenfurt) and Ferdinand Certov (Graz) as the winning project from 274 proposals. Central to the design is a floating structure that shows off the Haerdtl Building in a new light and opens the museum up to Karlsplatz. 

“The idea is as simple as it is brilliant: the extension will sprout from the roof of the museum,” said the jury. Culture Councillor Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, who presented the winner along with the Director of the WIEN MUSEUM, called the project an “impressive architectural solution for this sensitive area. The design combines old and new by looking towards the future in a clear, urban and confident architectural language.”

We were searching for designs and solutions for a forward-looking new construction that took the historic Haerdtl Building into account while simultaneously actualising the location’s possibilities from a viewpoint of ‘urban renewal’. The Haerdtl Building on Karlsplatz currently has 6,900 sq m of usable space. After the new project is completed, the WIEN MUSEUM is set to have over 12,000 sq m of usable space, both in the new construction and under Karlsplatz.

“This is Vienna’s most important museum project in recent decades,” stated Culture Councillor Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, who called Winkler + Ruck with Certov’s design a “vision of a thoroughly metropolitan solution” during the presentation of the winning project.

The architecture team’s design takes on new shapes - by using a free, functional extension on top of the existing building - with horizontal joints linking old and new. The first and second floors can therefore house permanent exhibitions, while the raised top floor will be home to various special exhibitions. A Vienna room will be built on the joint floor and the wrap-around balcony will provide views over the whole of Karlsplatz.

Contact with Karlsplatz will be created via a protruding multifunctional entrance cube. This open concept sees the WIEN MUSEUM and the Karlskirche as inlays on the same level as the Resselpark Park. Existing lines of sight onto Karlsplatz will be retained. 

This project was first featured on WAN Business Information on 20 March 2015 


Nick Myall

News Editor

Key Facts

Status Competition win
Value (m€)
Winkler + Ruck, Ferdinand Certov

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