Helmut Zilk Park Development

Wien, Austria
Contribution to Wien Main Station area development workshop, 2012

Renderings of overall development of the area

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Helmut Zilk Park Development

Master plan concept

Street VS Road

-The major target of the design is to create a street which has the characteristics of “the old urban city centre tissue” in terms of dimension, dynamics and mix of functions.

At the same time this street will be up to date, containing most of the new activities and “spaces” that are belonging to our contemporary city:


- adaptable spaces and flexible uses;

- convertible buildings and temporary accommodations;

- permeable tissue , but defined spaces (avoiding sprawl and undefined modernist spaces);

- strengthen relations between neighbourhoods (creating identity for site and inhabitants);

- welcoming  new and old activities:  light industries –logistic  (as part of our contemporary city, and accepting railways and fast means of transport as part of the “landscape” where we live).

Though we try to keep a strong mix of function, we separate anyway activities that demand specific type of spaces (in terms of size and safety for example), and we re-allocate heavy traffic (or a possibility to have it) in a road close to the railway.


- the “road” could be used by logistics, but at the same time it can serve all the underground (and overground) parking space for cars;

- at the same time it can be partially closed (control of the fluxes during certain hours of the day, or being a temporary back stage for events in the park , etc…)

Nb (pay particular attention): the road it self creates noise, but it is also a gap from the railway, so it smooth itself the noise of the trains. The accesses can be free or controlled (avoid noise in certain hours).

Tissue + Catalyst / Condenser

-       a city must be composed by a urban fabric (tissue) that contains all the different functions and is the framework for urban spaces (that host most of the social activities: open air) from one side;

-       on the other side, we recognize that important functions and activities (cultural, leisure, institutional, educational, free time) especially in our contemporary age are well performed in closed big spaces “empty boxes” (condenser/ catalysts) flexible in use, with adaptable structures and mutable stages! Those are a great resource for re-inventing functions, destabilize mono use of buildings, and create important synergies among different disciplines).

Programmatic aspect:

24 hour city: all the functions and their mix try to keep alive the area the whole day and also during the night.

This goal is achievable through a deep study of activities interexchange and the way of using spaces, together with a profound knowledge of people habits.

All different groups of people (diversity) and age (families, young couples and professionals, elderly people) keep alive the area and allow a mutual help and exchange. In this way it is also strengthen the control of spaces during the whole day.

Public spaces can be used also by city inhabitants (non resident in the area) for their work, or can have a shared spaces with ateliers that are allocated nearby (SOHO: small office home office).

This kind of interaction between spaces, functions and activities is very useful for start-up companies and young professionals, or families where both parents have to work).

On this spaces could also take part events, live performances, temporary markets etc..

(please have a look to our functional scheme).

The park itself can host different functions and become an engine to create different activities. Some of them can be educational or recreational (formation of allotments and exchange between elderly people an children; can follow happenings regarding food education and homemade market serving/selling services, etc..)

Other relevant issues to take into account:

Connections: Internal in the area and external with the city.

-Visual (towers and iconic representative buildings i.e. condensers)

-Transportation: cars, tram, trains.

-Bike lanes and walkways.

-Thematic (Commercial street… Event district…etc..)


- Housing is facing the park and the street (keep visual control on both sides), it has to be liveable and well distributed.

- Diversification of the typologies: possibility to have different sales targets.


-Affordable rents attracting a diversity of people- partly supported by

the town.

-       Variation of sizes of new built units targeted for professionals, young families, elderly people all with different levels of income.


The overall masterplan is designed also to be developed on different time phases, in order to attract capitals and investors, during time, and to help municipality together with clients to build step by step and eventually apply further modification in case some problems have occurred or if some specific requirement become compulsory.

This will also give the chance to follow a natural vocation of the area (which is going to be created with time) and the possibility of responding to further needs expressing the local identity.

Helmut Zilk Park Development

Wien, Austria
Contribution to Wien Main Station area development workshop, 2012

Strategies for vital development of Wien’s main Station Area Task

Roy Nash, René Dlesk, Cordelia Hänel Authors

Agnes Pachucki Collaboration

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