A large-scale urban planning project for the 15,400m2 site around the Wiener Eislaufverein ice rink. Joint participation in the international competition with the Amsterdam-based firm Wiel Arets Architects. The objective of the competition was to find a new development concept for the area around the ice rink, Hotel InterContinental and the Konzerthaus. BWM and Wiel Arets proposed opening up the ice rink site to the public in the summer and fitting it with an open-air stage for the Konzerthaus, as well as giving the area new accessways. They also proposed placing the additional volume of space stipulated in the competition tender in several staggered cubes on and around the hotel – but no higher than 75m. The prominent Hotel InterContinental, built in 1964, is to be preserved, but extensively renovated.
Peter Foschi, Michael Köcher, Alexander Wildzeisz, Peter Klein, Massimiliano Marian, Martin Ritt
Project partners for urban planning expert review
Rüdiger Lainer, architect, Vienna
Christoph Luchsinger, professor for urban planning, Vienna University of Technology
Project partners for competition
Wiel Arets Architects, Amsterdam: Wiel Arets, Jochen Homminga, Moritz Thieden
Landscape architecture: Karin Standler, Liz Zimmermann