OMA has won a competition, organized by the developer Signa, to create the new KaDeWe department store and hotel in Vienna’s Museumquartier.
Inspired by the “gentle and sophisticated geometries of the architecture of the Vienna Secession”, the building is divided into 2 volumes, with the retail space in the front and the hotel in the back.
A passageway between the two parts is created by a series of public roof-gardens. The gardens range in quality and character – from tree groves to sun decks – generating beautiful views from all sides of the building onto the city. The KaDeWe complex is connected to the pedestrian network of the area and provides new types of public spaces in the city center.