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From Hundertwasser – a boldly coloured public housing project – to Zaha Hadid’s eye-catching, modern designs, Vienna is an ever-changing city thanks to some of the most famous architects in the world.
Vienna perfectly incarnates the modern city personality in its most historical square: a mirrored glass building reflecting the Gothic facade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This contrast that has become a symbol of contemporary architecture. The futuristic façade Belongs to The Haas House and designed by Hans Hollein – a winner of the Pritzker Prize for architecture, among other things, and known for his roof extension on the Albertina. Originally from Vienna, Hollein was just one of the internationally renowned archistars who has entirely redesigned the city of Vienna over the years, from the centre to the suburbs.
Beginning the trend in the 1980s was Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who brightened the city with his surreal and fluid constructions like the Hundertwasserhaus – the oddest public housing complex in Vienna – as well as The Kunst Haus Wien museum and the Spittelau waste incineration plant.
In the 1990s, Jean Nouvel restored the four Gasometers of the Simmering district and the Sofitel Hotel skyscraper on the Danube Canal. Architect Massimiliano Fuksas built Vienna’s Twin Towers and Zaha Hadid actualised her first Viennese building – the one located next to the Spittelau viaducts.
In 2013 Dominique Perrault completed the DC Tower, which is the tallest building in Austria and was inaugurated as the new campus of the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. Its 25,000 students buzz through the latest architectural symbol of the city, designed by world-renowned studios, along with the Library and Learning Centre designed by Zaha Hadid – worth mentioning as well.
In 9th place in the 50 World’s Best Restaurants ranking and holding two Michelin stars, the Steirereck Restaurant of chef Heinz Reitbauer offers contemporary Austrian cuisine. This gem of a restaurant, surrounded by the green of Stadtpark, was designed by the Viennese Ppag Architects studio.