Metamorphose

Metamorphose
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Speculative social housing transformations

Metamorphose, Fabian Puttinger
Vienna, Austria
Website
https://metamorphose.cargo.site
Field of work
Architecture, Visual Art
Project category
Renovation wave
Project submitted
2022

Metamorphose is a speculative and open online archive project based in Vienna, Austria


What will happen to the unloved typology of the large scale ‘Zeilenbau’ during the coming european renovation wave? Will they be demolished? Will they be clad with toxic waste? No, they will go through a Metamorphose.

What should be done?

“Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!”
Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal

Radical extension - Metamorphose

All across Europe, the reconstruction period after the second world war was characterized by the main aim to provide as many apartments as possible as quickly as possible. This resulted in a little loved typology - the ‘Zeilenbau’. The city of Vienna possesses a major stock of modernist postwar large scale housing blocks - ‘Zeilenbauten’ characterized by a prefabricated and uniformous structure. This project develops a future architectural and urbanistic perspective for these ensembles focusing on their great potential for extension enabling imagination and better living conditions in these social housing blocks that are reaching a critical age.

“To make do, to continue, to extend, to enlarge, instead of demolition and reconstruction, is more ecological, more economical, more gentle and more optimistic. It is also more creative.”
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal 2021
Pritzker Ceremony Acceptance Speech