The project FAB Lofts in Hornbostelgasse at Vienna’s sixt district is a historic shoe factory, which is refurbished and extended. The area is characterised by Gründerzeit perimeter block development and a lively neighbourhood with small businesses and gastronomy.
In order to preserve the identity of the building, one area of focus was to retain the existing organisation and basic structure. In this sense, the existing factory was turned into loft apartments. The extension was designed in the same style and eventually spacious roof terraces were added.
The historical structure was divided into segments, corresponding to the results of the structural analysis. In the same way, the maximum permissible extension was defined. The result is a distinct cubic structure that blends well with the existing factory building.
In the same sense, the original appearance was preserved. The façade was renovated and newly plastered, and the windows were replaced by types featuring the same partitionment. The furnishing of the apartments is minimalistic.
The added storeys were built in solid construction with ventilated metal façades and room-high windows. Each apartment was fitted with a functional block containing sanitary module and kitchen.
Umbau und Aufstockung
Grafisches Büro, Wien