Portuguese architect Ana Barros shows her favorite places and buildings that fascinate her in Vienna.
I am very happy to announce new series of videos about contemporary Vienna, focused on experiencing the city through the eyes of a local citizen. We will explore it with the tips from architects, theater directors, photographers, art collectors and other creatives, who live in Vienna.
Together with Ana Barros we visit the Steinhof (Otto Wagner Hospital and Care Center) in the 14th district. It was opened in 1907 and built according to the plans of architect Otto Wagner. The building is made up of 60 pavilions that were designed by Carlo von Boog. The center of attention there —the Kirche am Steinhof, also called the Church of St. Leopold. It is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world.
The area is a bit far away from the city center, but easily reachable via bus from the Volksgarten.
Our second stop is the new WU Campus (Vienna University of Economics and Business) located in the second district near the Prater, which covers an area of six million square meters and is one of the ten best city parks in the world.
The Campus is not only a space for 25,000 students and 1,500 employees, but also a new architectural landmark of Vienna. The building was designed by world-renowned architecture offices:
- Zaha Hadid Architecture from Hamburg was responsible for the “Library & Learning Center”.
- CRABstudio from London was in charge of faculty building D3 and the administrative building.
- The studio of Hitoshi Abe from Sendai, Japan, designed faculty building D2 and the “Student Center”.
- Estudio Carme Pinós S.L. from Barcelona provided the design for faculty building D4.
- NO.MAD Arquitectos from Madrid constructed the “Executive Academy”.
- BUSarchitektur ZT Gmbh from Vienna was responsible for faculty building D1 and the “Student Center”.
Ana’s 5 favorite buildings in Vienna
‘Very difficult question, for sure the answer will change and tomorrow I will have a different opinion.’
- Otto Wagner Kirche
- I worked five years on the Erste Campus, so it’s one of my favorite buildings, because it is kind of a baby.
- I really love MuseumsQuartier for the same reason as WU campus, because of the public space it gives to the city.
- The Wotruba Church, because it is a great concrete brutalism example of architecture.
‘If I only had half a day in Vienna I would go for Schönbrunn. I think it is the maximum example of Luxury aesthetics in Vienna. You go to these incredible gardens and get lost there. Then you need a good meal: Kartoffelsalat and a Schnitzel. And you should explore the center of the city (the first district). There you will find beautiful examples of architecture. I am always impressed by the scale of the Stephansdom, it is incredible to think that I live so near…’
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