IKEA coming soon to Austria aims to be a good neighbor

IKEA is coming to Austria, and the theme of the new location is: “We want to be a good neighbor.” Instead of a massive campus on the outskirts of the city, IKEA in Vienna makes use of an urban plot, not only by giving the local community a shopping experience at home, but by incorporating accommodation and a community garden.

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An IKEA building stacked layers and plants scattered everywhere

Designed by Querkraft Architects, the urban location means making adjustments to blend in with the surrounding residential and commercial properties. It is easily accessible via public transport systems and offers a car-free experience.

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In addition, Querkraft’s design was chosen after a three-phase architectural competition. The good neighbor theme is seen from the street to the roof with the inclusion of gathering spaces and plenty of greenery. From inside or outside the building, the community can enjoy the many layers of trees and plants. Not only does the building have many green facades, but it supports a rooftop terrace that is open to the public as a gathering point for sipping coffee, meeting friends and enjoying the view.

A diagram of an IKEA building and the external plant life

The exterior of the building is designed to accommodate future growth if needed. An external shell mimics layers of shelving with open spaces for terraces, fire escapes, elevators and building systems. The components also act as a passive design element by providing shade for visitors and passers-by.

A tiered building with individual plants on each level

Inside, the open lobby invites interaction and exploration. Looking up, the many levels are visible and accessible via a central staircase. The two upper floors function as a hostel with 345 beds, so the building is always in use as both accommodation and retail space.

An upper area with a fence to overlook the landscape

The entire team emphasizes green design with over 60 trees in and around the building. Placing plants on each level provides a connection with nature and a remarkable drop in temperature in accordance with the “Urban Heat Island-Strategy Plan” of the city of Vienna.

+ Querkraft Architects

Images via Heausler and Hertha Hurnaus

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