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Competition: Simmering primary and secondary school, Vienna

Simmering Gasometer complex, Vienna
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The City of Vienna has launched an international contest to design a combined primary and secondary school in the east of the Austrian capital

The competition seeks proposals for an integrated 17-classroom primary school and 16-classroom secondary school on a prominent undeveloped corner plot within Vienna’s 11th district, known as Simmering.

The competition brief calls for ‘eight educational areas, a creative area with multi-purpose hall, library and a sports area with two standard gym halls and gymnastics area, as well as a kitchen area, administration and other areas. Detailed elaborations and proposals for the objective building task are expected both in urban development and in functional or economic terms.’

Vienna is Austria’s largest city and home to around 1.8 million people. The 11th district started out as a small village on the eastern fringe of the city and became a major industrial and rail logistics hub during the 19th century.

The area is dominated by four 70m-tall gas towers, which fell into disuse in the latter part of the 20th century. In 2001 these iconic buildings were transformed into the ‘Gasometer’ complex, comprising apartments, offices, a shopping centre, and a cinema by Jean Nouvel, Coop Himmelblau, Manfred Wehdorn and Wilhelm Holzbauer.

Other local landmarks include the 1863 Vienna Central Cemetery which holds more than three million graves and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Recent developments by UK architects within the wider city include David Chipperfield Architects 2011 Peek & Cloppenburg Flagship Store and the University of Economics Vienna’s Library and Learning Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The overall winner will receive a £32,000 prize, and there will also be a second prize of £26,500 and third prize of £20,000.

The deadline for applications is 2pm local time, 29 August.

How to apply

Register with the Department for International Trade team in Austria for information and support

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Nikolaus Hellmayr
Magistrate of the City of Vienna
Magistratsabteilung 19

Tel: +43 6765669080
Email: arge@wettbewerbsorganisation.at
Fax: +43 125330333040


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