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Europaplatz Westbahnhof

1150 Vienna (AT)

At the infrastructural traffic junction Westbahnhof and the beginning of Vienna's main shopping mile Mariahilfer Strasse, an IKEA inner-city furnishing store without parking spaces is to be built for the first time in the world. The perfect public, cycling and pedestrian connection should appeal to a new public and the multi-storey City-Store should be a living space for urban activities beyond the business use of the building.



Project category

New built


IKEA Einrichtungen – Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H

Planning period


Building data

Total area: 26,435 m²

Approximate areas

IKEA: ca. 20,000 m²

Hotel: 4,869 m²


Invited idea competition


Competition complete


Project team: Penelope Rüttimann, Christoph Wassmann, Thomas Schwed

Consultants and specialist planners

Structural engineer: bollinger-grohmann
Building services: rabl-zt 

The designed, free-standing building with a gross floor area of approx. 26,500 m² opens on the ground floor in all directions to the streams of people in the city. With its transparency, the façade conveys openness and desired communication with the surroundings. From the newly designed Europaplatz, visitors are drawn directly into the building via inclined surfaces with uniform surface design.

A central atrium and three bundled access and technical cores allow eight freely playable floors for flexible sales design. The self-service hall is directly accessible from the outside. The public Urban Living Spaces allow active use of the furniture even outside opening hours. Showroom and market hall extend over three levels. A hotel brings additional life to the building and uses synergies with gastronomy such as Street Café and Ikea Restaurant as well as with shopping. The restaurant on the top floor, which is open to the public even after business hours, opens to a topographical roof landscape with terraces, seating steps and trees with views far over the city.

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