Housing Complex, Tokiostraße

Markus Kuntscher, Ulrike Wietzorrek



Passageways connect street side to courtyard side; vertical point access, three or four units per floor; interior stairwell; external access gallery on the top floor (maisonette units); stairwells lit by windows or skylights.


On the standard floors, each stairwell provides access to three or four different apartments that face one or two sides. These apartments are distinguished by a central hall living space with an open kitchen connected to it like a niche as well as an inset fully glazed loggia space, from which the individual rooms are accessed either directly or via an ancillary corridor. Some of the apartments on the two top floors are designed as maisonette units with an interior staircase and private roof terrace.


Glazed loggias, communal terraces on the top floor.


Urban-planning considerations prescribed a meandering volume, whose bulges alternate between the street side and the courtyard side. The facades are the same on the street and courtyard sides, subdivided into three horizontal bands: a continuous base, a subtly articulated five-story middle section, and a continuous penthouse band. This principle of vertical arrangement makes the building volume seem light and interwoven in one way and yet compact and succinct in other. The large and strictly articulated window openings recall commercial buildings and provide adequate light even for the apartments that open only to one side.


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View of street façade

View of courtyard from loggia

Originally published in: Peter Ebner, Eva Herrmann, Roman Höllbacher, Markus Kuntscher, Ulrike Wietzorrek, Typology +: Innovative Residential Architecture, Birkhäuser, 2009.

Building Type Housing

Morphological Type Block Infill/Block Edge

Urban Context Urban Block Structure

Architect Adolf Krischanitz, Ulrich Huhs

Year 2003

Location Vienna

Country Austria

Geometric Organization Linear

Building Depth 12 m

Number of Units 200 units

Height High-Rise (8 levels and more)

Load-Bearing Structure Solid Construction

Access Type Vertical Core

Layout Corridor/Hallway, Living Room as Circulation Center

Outdoor Space of Apartment Winter Garden/Glazed Loggia

Parking Underground parking garage

New Building, Refurbishment or Extension New Building

Additional Information Building volume: Meandering perimeter block construction, 8 floors above ground and 1 below with parking garage
Additional features: Ground floor has stores on the street side

Client Building A: Österreichisches Siedlungswerk, Gemeinnützige Wohnungsaktiengesellschaft, Vienna
Building B: Gesellschaft für Stadtentwicklung und Stadterneuerung Ges.m.b.H., Vienna

Address Tokiostraße 7/9
Vienna, Austria

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