Vienna is growing - Urban Lakeside Aspern 

Lakeside Aspern is Vienna’s fastest growing area. By 2027 this urban development will provide twenty thousand apartments as well as workplaces for twenty thousand people.

This development has been driven by the latest forecast predicting Vienna will gain an additional quarter million inhabitants by 2030.

In an attempt to learn from past mistakes, the first thing was to draw up a traffic concept for Aspern around the extension of the No. 2 underground line, then design an open space plan and finally the land use and zoning plan. The objective was to create a largely car-free area of the city that is well connected, accommodates a wide range of uses, is sustainable and offers attractive leisure opportunities centred on an artificial lake.

The platform for planning the building projects were so called developer competitions in which architects work together with developers. There is also a site designated for building groups. The result is a collection of contemporary apartment buildings designed by numerous renown architects.

The next few years will reveal whether the innovative planning strategy backed by various research projects really proves successful with the lakeside city developing into one of Vienna’s dynamic and desirable residential Areas.