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Berger+Parkkinen Extension of a film production company in Vienna

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the Berger+Parkkinen architecture studio designed the reorganization and expansion of the headquarters of a film production company, Terra Mater factual studios, specializing in nature films and documentaries. The recently completed project was built in Vienna, in the western suburbs of the city in the district of Hietzing, known for its historic residences and parks, including the famous Schonbrunn Palace. The film production company Terra Mater indeed operates in a historic Art Nouveau villa with an adjoining garden.
The architects of the Berger+Parkkinen studio was commissioned to adapt and innovate the headquarters of the production company, meeting its requirements in terms of sustainability, as well as emphasizing the close connection with nature that characterizes the work of the clients. The extension also served both to accommodate new staff, as well as to integrate the technical infrastructure necessary for film production into the building, in particular the servers and associated cooling equipment.
The original site had already been the subject of other interventions: first at the end of the 1980s, then in 2003 when a new entrance structure in the form of a glass bridge and a meeting volume in the form of cube overlooking the garden were built. The architects therefore designed a new two-storey pavilion with a wooden structure which follows the same logic as the previous interventions: a volume visible only from the garden and connected to the pre-existing buildings. The new extension houses offices and meeting rooms, and the architects have also redesigned the entrance area to create a lounge for employees and a cooling center for IT equipment, but out of sight.
The structure and interior trim of the new volume are made of wood, but a metal shell envelops the new pavilion on all four sides. Over time, this trellis structure will be able to support climbing plants and be fully covered. The new extension will thus be integrated into the garden, will dialogue with it and will therefore change its appearance and colors according to the natural cycle of the seasons.

(Agnes Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Berger+Parkkinen Architekten, photo by Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten https://berger-parkkinen.com/
Client: Terra Mater Company
Location: Vienna-Hietzing, Austria
Photos: Hertha Hurnaus
Images: Berger+Parkkinen Architekten