In the Viennese working-class district of Meidling, traditionally a district dominated by brickwork and one in which many buildings date back to the early 19th century, the Viennese team of architects from GERNER GERNER PLUS. has realised a project that succeeds in harmonising with its surroundings while standing out thanks to its extraordinary architecture and its sophisticated use of natural and ecological materials.
Space for Living – and Well-Being
The “Wolfshof”, as the residential complex was named, is an ensemble encompassing some 60 residential units and made up of redesigned existing buildings interspersed with new buildings. The loft-like apartments in the existing buildings are characterised by their generously high ceilings and their industrial character – the sanitary modules, for instance, were designed in the form of low-level boxes positioned in the room that allow for a view of the vaulted ceiling. The new buildings accommodate a broad array of apartment types that span the entire spectrum from rental apartments to condominiums and investment models, ranging in size from 45 to 77 m². All of them feature a generous room layout, high-quality appointments, and plenty of natural light. The windows are floor-to-ceiling and each unit has a private open space – either a balcony or a terrace. The heart of this residential complex is the multifaceted inner courtyard with raised beds, little pools, reclining areas, and a “snack garden”. A vertical wooden trellis suspended from the façade makes it possible for plants to grow on the ground as well as upwards.
Façade Made of a Natural Mix of Materials
The team of architects placed special emphasis on the façade: In order to reflect the character of the district, it was designed with intermittently and horizontally arranged Argeton clinker slabs in a light, friendly pearl white facing both the street and the inner courtyard. The wooden trellis and the balconies made of white concrete with varying depths and heights create a perfect combination of natural materials. In addition to the visual component, the excellent structural integrity and resistance to weathering and frost provided by the ceramic façade were among the reasons for choosing the materials for this innovative urban gem.
Project namewolf – Wohnbau Wolfshof, Vienna, Austria
ArchitectGERNER GERNER PLUS.
ClientWolfshof Immobilien GmbH
Argeton Tampa 225, Terzo 2 225, Terzo 3 225,
colour: pearl white
Year of completion2017