One of the most amazing things in Vienna is the culture of architecture you are surrounded by when exploring the city. Buildings, hundreds of years old, in between green Parks. And then there are areas, which had their moments, but everyone is happy, when they are gone, like the 140 years old South Rail Station. I remember very well that this was a place where I don’t have one happy memory, when in the need of even crossing the place except the old lion sculpture. Maybe I wasn’t the only one, who felt that way, because this is literally the only old stone you will find at the new Central Station of Vienna.
Ten years of planing, three years of building. Vienna’s biggest construction zone is coming to an end and proudly opens the doors with a big two days Opening Party. 361 000 cubic meters of cement, 57 000 steel profiles made in Austria, and plenty of superlatives more were needed for the main station Vienna. I was fortunate to join the Instawalk a few days before the opening organized by Instagramers Vienna and the Austrian Federal Railways.
The 10th and 3rd district are somehow not included in my daily environment. I visit the area occasionally in summer, when meeting friends at the terrace of the Hotel Daniel or the Sushi Restaurant Dots21 in the Museum of Contemporary Art (21er Haus).
Last summer the place looked everything but to be finished in one year. Enormously large cranes everywhere.
When I stepped out at the station this week, I stood there quite openmouthed. Clean, minimalistic, but friendly architecture welcomed me.
I didn’t find one dark corner, just polished marble floors, glas, mirrors and many, many illuminated guideposts and signs.
I barely could believe that the Schedule Scoreboard with 46 square meters is much bigger than my first flat was.
It was very carefully planned that the area is also easily accessible barrier-free. The glas elevators are easy to find and there are many of them! Transparence everywhere.
The concept to build a open area, where people find peace in comfort zones before depature as well as having the possibility to shop for every occasion in 90 shops, be it daily needs, food, gifts or an order in the Copyshop, turned out what you would call a friendly place, even if you have to deal with a size of 20 000 square meters.
I like the idea of Food Courts, where everyone can choose from Fast Food over Coffee to organic food to his likings, but still meet together at one lounge area to have a meal together.
Many big companies are represented at the Centralstation. From a big supermarket to the small Organic Grocery Store. Everything combined under the most impressive 25 000 sqm. big rhombus roof, which is an absolute eye-catcher from above.
The best chance for seeing the entire station, neighborhood area and a 360 degrees view on Vienna would be to visit the Bahnorama:
Bahnorama is a joint project of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Railways. The information centre consists of a tower and the exhibition building, which will close the doors on December 31st, 2014. So be quick to take this opportunity. With its height of 66.72 metres, the tower is already visible from a great distance and is the highest walkable construction wooden tower in Europe. Two glass panorama lifts take you to the viewing platform. (read more: here)
Vienna can be proud of the new place! Another massive project finished that makes Vienna an international attractive centre of modern architecture.