Vienna-based Sue Architekten have designed a 40-unit residence in Aspern, in the eastern part of Vienna. The project is located on a plot which covers an area of 150 x 17 x 34 metres, situated directly beside the old village green of Aspern. There are eighteen town houses in the garden between the two street-facing apartment blocks, discretely out of sight from the street. The town houses are arranged in a staggered pattern to each other, to ensure a high quality of life and a sense of spaciousness despite the density of the development and the short distance between the buildings when compared to their height.
Building regulations for the town houses would have required the architects to build the houses with very steeply pitched roofs. They had to persuade the building authority that creative application and implementation of dormer and staircase-well regulations would create structures of an equivalent nature, without presenting problems for neighbours. The average building height is still at the prescribed four metres. Now, the houses have two main floors and a spacious top floor, providing ample usable space with modern floor plans for future users.
The street-facing buildings are oriented to the south, with large, floor-to-ceiling doors opening up to spacious balconies. These directly annexed outdoor areas combine the external wall and pitched roof into a façade and provide the necessary structure for the building. On the northern face, the tightly structured balcony views changes to a pixel-like presentation of open and closed façade sections.