FRENCH EMBASSY REFURBISHMENT AND EXTENSION IN VIENNA
studio malka architecture unveils its nature-inspired overhaul of the french embassy in vienna, austria. located at 2 technikerstraße, the embassy currently occupies two art nouveau-style buildings from the 20th century. the brief for malka architecture is to refurbish both units and add a vertical extension to one that is both modern and respectful of the site’s history.
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MALKA ARCHITECTURE PROPOSES A LIGHT AND MODULAR EXTENSION
for the vertical extension design, malka architecture pays tribute to art nouveau style with a roof of modular, organic-shaped protrusions. described by the architect as a ’21st-century art nouveau project’, the nature-inspired forms are not just decoration, but they also serve a purpose as circular light cannons. first devised in anicent egypt, these light cannons collect, amplify, and diffuse natural light throughout the whole building and also provide natural ventilation.
the light and modular extension will be completely prefabricated in the workshop and installed directly onsite, reducing construction time.
over 100 years after the original buildings were constructed, this refurbishment and extension of the french embassy in vienna aims to reconnect with art nouveau’s fundamental DNA, while becoming part of the contemporary architectural landscape of the austrian captial.
circular light cannons will provide natural light and ventilation
the modular extension will be prefabricated and assembled onsite
the original buildings date back to the 20th century
name: french embassy in vienna
type: relocation of services for the french embassy (RP OSCE – consulat)
location: 2 technikerstraße, vienna, austria
client: ministry for europe and foreign affairs
area: 3,796 sqm
budget: 3.1 M€
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