Spittelau Viaducts Housing Project (with Zaha Hadid)

Zaha-Hadid-Haus, Spittelauer Lände, Wien-Alsergrund


The watercolour designs, models and stained glass sample panel, and ZH Architects' renderings, for Clarke's unrealised collaboration with Zaha Hadid at Spittelau. The majority of the mouth-blown stained glass, traditionally leaded, would have clad the elevations along the axis of the building, with the mosaic element of the design forming four orange slashes on the roof which fold down the face of one side of the building. Clarke developed a new type of glass, which he christened 'Zaha-Glas', for the project – used in the sample panel for Spittelau, its first realised architectural application was in the ceiling scheme for Pfizer World Headquarters.

"Zaha Hadid describes the project thus: 'Spittelau revitalises a waterfront zone in Vienna by linking the water's edge to the city fabric through an existing former railway viaduct, and the project acts as both an attractor and initiator for further interventions along the Danube Canal. A series of artist studios, offices and commercial spaces weave like a ribbon through, around and over arched bays of the old viaduct designed by Otto Wagner. There are 19 shops and 10 office units. Shops, cafes and restaurants on the ground floor of the three separate buildings cater to the pedestrian path on the river front. This path also leads to a nightclub in the old subway tunnel adjacent to the viaduct. The whole project is linked to the nearby University by a pedestrian bicycle bridge.'" from Brian Clarke–Linda McCartney: Collaborations.