Vienna’s modern architecture in photos
While many people picture Vienna in terms of Baroque palaces, Art Nouveau apartments and inviting 19th-century coffee houses, the Austrian capital’s architecture is a diverse mix of eras and styles that represent its long and complex past. For example, the city is home to many examples of innovative modern architecture that sit comfortably alongside its older, more ornate structures. Even within the historic city centre (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), you’ll find glittering glass and steel structures happily cozying up to grandiose churches and public buildings.
To help demonstrate the style and variety of Vienna’s contemporary architecture, we enlisted photographer Tobias Danz to take us on a visual tour of some of the city’s most striking buildings – all located within a 10-minute drive of the Park Inn by Radisson Uno City Vienna Hotel.
Our guide to Vienna’s contemporary buildings
Tobias’s features photos of architecture viewed in a distinctive way that captures the richness of geometry, pattern and texture in their design. This makes him the perfect person to introduce us to six of Vienna’s most interesting modern buildings. Read on for his choices and stunning photographs:
Address: Trabrennstraße 6-8, 1020 Vienna
Height: 80 meters, 23 floors
Size: 22,000 m2
The HOCH ZWEI office building designed by Henke Schreieck Architekten has been the headquarters of the Austrian oil and gas company OMV since 2010. A vast, gently curving glass structure, the building was created to work within the new design for the Krieau quarter, and specifically to complement the surrounding green spaces – particularly the Prater, a popular park and recreation area nearby – as well as other structures in the area. The concept is one of lightness and space, accenting rather than overwhelming the landscape.
WU University of Economics Vienna
Address: Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
Size: 41,000 m2
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as the new Library and Learning Center for the University of Economics Vienna, this striking concrete and glass building offers bright, airy spaces for study, meetings and relaxation, with impressive views of the Prater Park from the top floors. Set on the campus’s main square, the structure’s distinctive cantilevered roof and alternating strips of light and dark colouring make it an immediately recognizable feature of the university.
DC Tower 1
Address: Donau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Vienna
Height: 220 meters, 60 floors
The DC Tower 1 was designed by architect Dominique Perrault and contains a mixture of offices, flats and businesses. Including its antenna spire, the tower stands at 250 meters tall – making it the tallest skyscraper in Austria. The first of a proposed pair of towers to be constructed in the Donau City area, this dazzling glass tower with its undulating façade stands guard over an open plateau on the east bank of the Danube. Poised between the new and old sections of Vienna, it’s a highly visible symbol of the city’s continual evolution.
Address: Untere Donaustraße 21, 1020 Vienna
Height: 75 meters, 21 floors
Designed by architect Heinz Neumann and home to the UNIQA Insurance Group, the UNIQA Tower is a distinctive landmark on the Vienna skyline, soaring above the Danube Canal and the more traditional buildings of the Ringstrasse. Built on a ground plan based on a stylised Q, in keeping with UNIQA’s logo, this energy-efficient structure was also designed to provide the office workers inside with plenty of space, light and stunning views of the city. The exterior is also a giant LED screen, lighting up at night with a range of media displays.
Address: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen-Platz 1, 1020 Vienna
Height: 78 meters, 22 floors
With a shape that suggests the prow of a massive ship, the sleek Raiffeisen-Holding Haus towers over a curve of the Donaukanal. Home to the Raiffeisen holding company, the building was designed by architects Dieter Hayde, Ernst Maurer and Radovan Tajder to meet the stringent Passivhaus energy conservation principles. As a result, the tower uses innovative technology to reduce its energy consumption to ultra-low levels – for example, through the use of solar energy to generate heat and power, and water from the nearby canal to cool.
City Tower Vienna
Address: Marxergasse 1A, 1030 Vienna
Height: 86 meters, 24 floors
Home to Vienna’s judicial department, including the district and commercial courts, the City Tower Vienna blends comfortably with the skyline around the Wien Mitte railway station. The cubic structure is made of earthy natural stone accented with steel and glass – a modern look specifically designed by architects Neumann & Steiner to harmonize with the surrounding neighbourhood.