Sunday, November 13, 2016

Austria 2016 - T-Centre

ISSUE DATE: 19 September 2016


The T-Centre is the “flagship” of the telecommunications company T-Mobile Austria and its sister company T-Systems.

For the past few years a particularly eye-catching building has stood on part of the grounds of the former abattoir on Rennweg in Vienna’s 3rd district. It is the T-Center, one of the most important works of contemporary Austrian architecture, which is being featured on a commemorative stamp from the “Modern Architecture in Austria” series. The planning for the T-Center was undertaken by architects Günther Domenig, Hermann Eisenköck and Herfried Peyker from the Graz-based architectural firm Architektur Consult ZT GmbH. Planning started in the year 2000, construction began two years later and was completed after a record-breaking mere 26 months. The T-Centre is the “flagship” of the telecommunications company T-Mobile Austria and its sister company T-Systems, and both its staff and others who rent premises within the building benefit from the many retail companies and service providers, such as restaurants, that are available on site. In total the building, which rises to a height of up to 60 metres, provides a usable floor area of 119,000 square meters and around 3,000 people work there. The building is made up of four main elements: the pedestal section, the public zone at ground level, the wing and the tracts. The pedestal section houses those rooms for which access to daylight is unnecessary, such as garages, storerooms and the computer centre. Shops, cycle and footpaths are to be found in the public zone. Rising at an angle above the rest of the building, the large wing, with its transparent aluminium and glass façade, houses the offices of the main tenant and is accessed via a central foyer. The panel-clad tracts can be used as an extension of the core section or as independent, separate offices. 

Courtesy of its horizontal orientation, the building creates the impression of a reclining sculpture, an “architectural wing-beat” as the architects put it. Taking account of urban planning parameters, a modern, dynamic, homogeneous structure was created that is intended to be a striking new landmark for the development zone of St. Marx. With its near central location, this district of the city, known as “Neu Marx”, is becoming a modern business hub for media, research and technology. That this large site was once home to the cattle market and abattoir is called to mind by the now protected historic cattle hall, which was built at the end of the 19th century to plans by Rudolf Frey. The hall is one of the few buildings with a wroughtiron structure still standing today. It incorporates an area of around 20,000 square metres and is today used as the “Marx Halle” for events. The striking architecture of the T-Center and the way it has been incorporated into its urban context have been celebrated by the award of the Otto Wagner Urban Development Prize (2004) and the Austrian State Prize for Architecture (2006) among others.


Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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