Vienna, Austria / EU Heinrichsgasse 2 lightening fixtures 230 m² / 2,100 sf utilizable floor space 2007
Architect moment-home Markus Swittalek
Engineering Ing. Alexander Ruthner
Only one single window opens this sales and exhibition space to the street front. It’s a cubic space, 4.50 m (15 ft) ceiling, in bright yellow. A single piece of furniture in dark grey functions as display, counter and desk. The floor of the entire shop is neutral and coated in light grey. There is a huge six feet wide LED lightening fixture on the ceiling, which dips the yellow space into changing other colours and turns it into a beating space.
This shop space is like a bottleneck – after passing the yellow cube, the space turns white and lengthens and widens. After passing the show room zone you enter a space zone divided by three huge pillars. The inner space is introverted with a red wall in the back and appears to be a living room, on the other side of the pillars there is the so called “market place” - a cast iron pavilion with wall to wall windows. The historic construction is preserved and a second layer of windows was added on the inside, with row aluminium frames. A space defined by glass was created. In addition there are thee skylights framed by lightening fixtures.
This enlightened space has proved its flexibility already - presentation, exhibitions and concerts – lichtraum eins.