University of Applied Arts Vienna,
Urban Strategies postgraduate program, Excessive III
critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Jose Carlos LOPEZ CERVANTES (asistant professor), Tyler BORNSTEIN (teaching assistant). With special thanks to the studio’s previous assistant professor, Steven MA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Tan AKINCI: The existing Vienna Westbahnhof train station lays in the end point of the Mariahilferstreet which is the shopping axis of Vienna. The “gürtel” which is a green band cuts the street and creates a undefined corridor.The neighbor on two sides; the Bahnhof City contains a lot of closed space with shopping, offices and a hotel.
Mariahilfer street begins with a public space: Former court stables Museumsquartier, now a big collection of museums different kinds. The project aims to convert the whole station simeltanously to a semi open public space by manipulating the ground which was derived from the site. The architecture is in sides and above; trying to mark the end of the street with a similar element like the beginning.
The morphlogical language which was developed during a one year period was used in a series of repetition and mutation in similar scales that lay in a warped grid and in a such array in section so that the Lazarus church becomes a focal point for a visual relationship.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
TA: Giulio Polita, Reiner Zettl, Coop Himmelb(l)au.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
TA: Doruk Can Ozcifci, Thanasis Farangas, Pablo Roman, Giorgos Beleveslis, Sauban H. Ahmad, Handan Yalki, Shahira Hammad.