An Urban Sculpture

architect ARTEC - Bettina Götz, Richard Manahl
project Residental Building, Vienna, Austria
written by Vera Grimmer


ARTEC dialectally juxtapose an autonomous,”brutalist” language of construction and materials with subtle, non-narrative, primarily functional interpretations of the context.

Otto Kapfinger: excerpt from the catalogue for the exhibition Beyond the minimal – Architectural Association, London, 1998.


In their opus so far ARTEC architects have never imposed subjective form as a consequence of individual caprice. Instead, they have reacted to every concrete situation. In the process, they have expressed one of the principles of their work: how to change the inconveniences and faults of an objective situation into the forte of a project.


The design solution of the residential complex Laxenburgerstrasse-Dieselgasse, located on the site of an abandoned industrial warehouse, is the result of a detailed urban analysis of the surrounding area of high-density block buildings of Favoriten, a working class district in Vienna.