The support point
From the service workshops to the heliport all the elements of the programme are laid out along a single vertical axis. Logistically compact contents with high degree of efficiency, which is essentially what support points are, are here transformed and applied to the building in a translated form.
On approaching the counter you find yourself on an oversized glazed cockpit, in the middle of the workshop one level below, where the mechanics have driven the cars that have just been handed over to them down a ramp. The clients can comfortably view all of this from above – if their car is raised they see it “eye to eye”, as it were.
From the counter a generously sized void opens upwards, through which a prominent stairs leads to the lobby. You also enter the building on this level if you come by foot from the U3 metro station at Erdberg, a short distance away. The building – and with it the ÖAMTC – is open to everyone in all directions.
All the parts of the building communicate with each other – but communication outwards is also important. This takes place in the public/semi-public area: the events hall, conference rooms, and TV studio are on the entrance level, on the level above is the highly important call-centre, functionally made as a centralized space.
All these areas are organised around a two-storey foyer. This is also the first level of the large office atrium, from which routes and visual connections lead upwards. This completes the internal flow of communication.
The building is a sign, a symbol of mobility. Its unique, circular and star-shaped form emphatically conveys the fact that here everything revolves around mobility and the means related to it and at the same time demonstrates the efficiency and speed of the organization.
It is also a sign of the business’s self confident understanding of itself, with which staff and members can identify – with excellently organized, harmonized facilities offering a high level of interaction and communication, expressed in the form of clear, open and transparent spatial connections oriented to meeting the needs of customers and staff alike.
Through its shape the ÖAMTC headquarters clearly and deliberately distinguishes itself from the monotonous, yet heterogeneously scattered, block and slab-type buildings in the surroundings whose form is derived exclusively from their commercial and industrial contents and optimising their functions.
Here, in contrast, the focus is far more on the social components of aid and support and being integrated in a network of service and care – both as a communication factor in the macro area of the building’s overall structure and in the layout of the individual organisational units.
The icon stands in a park and garden-like landscape which develops on the one hand on the roof of the multi-storey car park and the escape staircases, on the other along the connecting clasp between the U3 and Baumgasse that is kept free of buildings. Source by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten.
- Location: Vienna, 3rd district, Austria
- Architect: Pichler & Traupmann Architekten
- Project Leader: Johanna Maria Priebe
- Project Team: Barbara Aull, Christoph Degendorfer, Andrea Ehrenreich, Mohammad Ekhlasi, Peter Grandits, Alexander Grass, Clemens Hasler, Barbara Jarmaczki, Joachim Kess, Bartosz Lewandowski, Till Martin, Daniel Moral Trigueros
- Structural design / project coordination: FCP – Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH, Vienna
- Structural fire protection: Norbert Rabl ZT GmbH, Graz
- Building services / electrical planning: DIE HAUSTECHNIKER Technisches Büro GmbH, Jennersdorf
- Building physics / facade: Dr. Pfeiler GmbH, Graz
- Lighting design: pokorny Lichtarchitektur, Vienna
- Heliport planning: Ing. Günther Jakubec GmbH, Vienna
- Surveying: Dipl.-Ing. Johanna Fuchs-Stolitzka Ingenieurkonsule, Vienna
- Landscape architecture: DnD Landschaftsplanung ZT KG, Vienna
- Wind comfort: Weatherpark GmbH, Vienna
- Hydro engineering: Dipl. Ing. Michael Gollob ZT GmbH, Vienna
- Traffic engineering: Traffix Verkehrsplanung GmbH, Vienna
- Gastronomy: IB Ronge Stria GmbH, Baden
- General contractor: Bauunternehmung Granit GmbH, Feldkirchen bei Graz
- Client: OEAMTC Headquarters, Vienna 1
- Site area: 14,913 m2
- Usable floor area: 20,027 m2
- Built area: 9,325 m2
- Gross floor area: 29,447 m2
- Completion: 2016
- Photographs: Roland Halbe, Toni Rappersberger, Courtesy of Pichler & Traupmann Architekten
Article by Marco Rinaldi