Friday, March 23, 2012
Architecture: Josef Weichenberger Architects
Posted by Maxine Harris
Josef Weichenberger Architects proves that mixing old and new works. Built in Vienna, Austria, this building combines traditional architecture with modern, geometric design. The three story rooftop extension was constructed on top of the Wilhe Iminian-times house by way of renovating the building into a partial space for rented living, including three spacious apartments and one maisonette. So often extensions attempt and fail to blend in with their host building. Something I find refreshing, almost ingenious about the Josef Weichenberger design is its refusal to conform, to simply build an extension trying to look like the traditional architecture and failing. Instead, the design embraces its ‘extention-ness’, it doesn’t try to blend in but is a design in its own right. That said the traditional architecture of the Wilhe Iminian-times house and the modern design of the three story rooftop extension combine seamlessly. The angles of the rooftop mirror those of its host building; the black/brown frames of the windows, and white of the outer walls are echoed in the extension’s aesthetic. It’s a renovation with a difference, embracing old and new to create an updated and stylish building.