Diane Pham

Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna

by , 01/11/13

sustainable design, green design, renovation, vienna gasometers, adaptive reuse, sustainable architecture, green renovation, green building, sustainable building, gasometers transformed into housing

The gasometers are four gigantic gas tanks enclosed by a brick façade, each approximately 230 feet tall, 197 feet in diameter, and with a storage capacity of over 3 million cubic feet. Once used for the storage of coal gas, the gasometers were retired in 1984 as the city shifted over to natural gas. By 1981 these structure were classified as heritage buildings due to their unique architecture, and thus escaped demolition. Despite random use since the closing of the plant (see the setting in the James Bond movie The Living Daylights. Also see: rave venue hosting Gazometer-Raves – the term “Gazometer” was coined on its scene) they remained on the whole abandoned empty containers.

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3 Comments

  1. Cliff Champion Cliff Champion July 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    amazing! i wonder what the interior of the apartments look like. its must be such a cozy place in the winter.

  2. dave davis October 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I’m with you, Brie — At 80 years old really am excited about this place. unfortuntaely I’m headed for a retirement community – albeit one with life care. Have fun!

  3. brie987 October 14, 2009 at 2:25 am

    I want to live there, nyc sucks :(

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