Parallel to the Architecture Biennale 2023 in Venice, the European Cultural Centre (ECC) is organising exhibitions at several locations. For the second time, Künstlerhaus Wien is among the invited international institutions with its architecture section.
Six architects and Künstlerhaus members are participating: Andrea Graser, Thomas Hoppe, Mladen Jadrić, Tanja Prušnik, Sne Veselinović, Josef Weichenberger and Leo Fellinger.
The presentation is dedicated to current burning issues of sustainability and socially relevant future models under the title TIME SPACE EXISTENCE – Longing for Future.
metamorphosis of a building
The city as a source of raw materials: With the conversion of Francis, Josef Weichenberger and Leo Fellinger show in Venice what opportunities for urban development and the environment lie in the sustainable transformation of existing buildings.
In times of scarcity of raw materials, steel and concrete are regarded as grey gold whose stable value makes a second life possible. The decision to preserve the existing, to deconstruct and to raise the building has a significant impact on the ecological balance of the project, as a large part of the so-called grey emissions is bound in the supporting structure of steel and concrete. In this way, large amounts of CO2 can be saved.
The building from the 1980s is located above the Franz-Josefs railway station in Vienna, a historic terminus station that was built in 1871/72. In the 1970s, the original building was demolished and a multi-purpose building designed by Kurt Hlawenicka and Karl Schwanzer was built on a concrete superstructure above the tracks.
Location: Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, 30124 Venezia