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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Dominique Perrault’s Donau-City Tower I opens in Vienna

The design of the two high-rise towers for the Donau-City in Vienna represents the last phase of a development extending over several decades: the UNO-City (1973-1979) was built on the site of what used to a garbage dump, and the area was later the object of a master plan design by architects Krischanitz and Neumann (1992). Finally, in 2002, Perrault’s proposal won the international competition called for the design of the third fragment of Donau-City.

The proposal suggests extending the site’s raised plateau in the direction of the Danube; to achieve this, the project foresees the construction of a large continuous square, ending in a terraced descent to the river. This solution improves access to the area from the river and from the nearby Reichsbrücke subway station. Two tall buildings, 160 meters and 200 meters high respectively, are to be built on the plaza to give the skyscraper skyline a distinctive landmark.

Conceptually, the towers rise on the site as two halves of a single whole. Their facades, divided into zigzagging vertical strips, suggest a common origin, in the same way as the outlines of Africa and South America reveal that they once belonged to one same supercontinent. 

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