To prevent the demolition of Gründerzeit houses around the Rosinagasse building site in Vienna, which the City of Vienna had planned for economic reasons, Isabella Mündle and Ramona Kornberger devised a compensation calculation. This calculation transforms the difference between the current and proposed usable space into a new vertical densification concept. The resulting tower addresses two pressing social issues on-site: the shortage of housing for homeless individuals and the preservation of the existing site as a recreational area for young people.
These goals are achieved through innovative and playful interventions, like expanding the grid concept with a double-skin façade implementation.
Furthermore, the design incorporates green spaces around the building site, enhancing the overall quality of life. This proposal not only saves the existing buildings from demolition and prevents further urban sprawl but also builds upon the site’s current uses and qualities, making it a promising new beginning.