Mühlweg – open space design for a housing estate in Vienna's 21st district.
PlanSinn together with Johannes and Hermann Kaufmann emerged as the winning team in the developer’s competition for the Mühlweg housing estate. The building developer BWSG mandated PlanSinn with the further development of the winning concept for the open spaces of the housing estate. The ground-floor apartments have wide loggias rather than gardens. Private gardens were not envisaged; instead the buildings are lined by reed basins, which also absorb the run-off water from the roof.
The low-rise housing complex comprises about 80 units in solid wood plate construction, all with terraces or loggias. Adjoining a central communication hub are facilities for children to play and places to sit, hold celebrations, etc. A second square opens up access to the Mühlweg pedestrian and cycle path. Originally, the neighbouring residents had agreed that the premises were to remain publicly accessible, but subsequently erected fences frustrated this intention. Large herbaceous borders planted with miscanthus and interspersed with squares of spring geophytes complement the planting concept. The project was started in the summer of 2005 and completed in the autumn of 2006.