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Infobox Vienna Central Station

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City, Country Vienna, Austria
Year 2008–2011
Client City of Vienna, Austria, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau
Architect Michael Wallraff ZT GmbH
Services Structural Engineering
Facts GFA: 1,000 m² | Height: 21 m | Competition: 2008, Participation

This study was carried out for the design of an information box for the construction site of Vienna Central Station. The structure was to be raised 22 meters above ground level. Options for load transfer to the ground were severely limited by underground sewers, a parking lot and a bus terminal. Although the steel structure of the box was planned as a regular steel grid, the limited surfaces suitable for laying the foundations made it impossible to set the supports at regular intervals. In addition, the several planned levels linked by staircases were not to be pierced by structural elements.

Against the backdrop of these boundary conditions, a generative process was used to develop a complex three-dimensional structure that would be not only structurally effective, but also a fundamental element of the architectural design.

The chosen concept allows the Infobox to be erected at different locations, taking into account the location of the primary station (new main station) and the flexibility for subsequent use.

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