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IKEA Austria store to focus on urban greening

In the heart of Vienna, IKEA is establishing the most innovative city centre IKEA store in the world.
 
The design is being developed in cooperation with querkraft architekten, a Vienna based architectural company. The design has a heavy focus on urban greening, with green on all four facades and a roof terrace.
 
Due to its convenient location in the city centre it is easily reachable by public transport and will be a car free IKEA. Adding to its sustainability and climate friendly approach.
 
160 trees will be part of the building, with an aim of lowering the temperature of the building by at least -2 degrees.
 
The building will host an IKEA store on the first four levels, with 4 shops along Mariahilferstraße to create an active shopping street and a hostel on the upper two floors. A publicly accessible roof garden will also feature with hospitality and fun things to do
 
The transparent, welcoming building embraces daylight, works in harmony with the surroundings and adds an “outside-in”-approach. The facade grid allows a change of open and closed façade elements and makes sure that trees can grow on every level. On every façade there will be vertical walls as well as open and light window spaces and light-flooded sections/areas.
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