Wien, E10

Photos: © Arenas Basabe Placios

Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos:
Enrique Arenas Laorga (ES), Luis Basabe Montalvo (ES) and Luis Palacios Labrador (ES)
Land in Sicht (AT)

Local Collaborator:
mascha & seethaler (AT)
ARE (Austrian Real Estate GmbH)


After a 5 year long collaborative planning process, the ‘Wildgarten’ Project has been definitely passed by the Vienna City Council as a 10ha masterplan (approximately 1000 housing units) for the suburban zone of Emil-Behring-Weg, Meidling (Vienna). The soil owner (ARE) intends to begin now the development of the architecture projects, whose construction will take place in the 2016-2018 period.

‘The Commons’ presents the story of the collaborative process as a comic, from the winner project of the Europan 10 competition in Vienna and its later development with a multidisciplinary team until its definitive passing by the Vienna City Coucil the 23rd of September, 201

The story is guided by the real characters that have taken part in it, including our local partners Mascha&Seethaler, management experts (Raum&Co), mobility (Traffix), landscaping (Land in Sicht), energy or sociology, as well as representatives of the neighborhood, the soil promoters (ARE) and the MA21 office of the Vienna City Council, all of them active participants in the design process.

The comic was made for the Holcim Global Awards 2014-2015 entry, which won the Holcim Bronze Award in the European region. ‘The Commons’ was valued as an example of innovative, sustainable, democratic urbanism.