Bel & Main Vienna

Sustainable Living at Schweizergarten

Bel & Main Vienna, a top-notch mixed-use project, was created right next to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and Schweizergarten (Swiss Garden). The project has already been certified with Leed-Gold and ÖGNI (Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate) for its sustainability. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects took the lead in the planning, with Vasko+Partner responsible for site supervision.

The approximately 60-meter high buildings, with up to 18 floors, rapidly rose near Schweizergarten, at the intersection between the 10th and 3rd districts. Bel & Main Residences is part of the Bel & Main Vienna urban development project at the Hauptbahnhof, a building complex with mixed-use and a gross floor area of around 95,000 square meters. It consists of two residential towers with a total of 458 rental apartments (209 Bel & Main Residences and 249 BelView Apartments), the Erste Tower with 17,000 square meters of office space, and the Adina Apartment hotel with 134 rooms. All four buildings are connected by a green plaza, and beneath it lies a two-story underground garage with 400 parking spaces. The office and hotel building are aiming for Leed-Gold certification. In 2019, the Bel & Main Residences residential tower was sold to the Versicherungskammer Bayern (VKB) in a forward deal brokered by Tishman Speyer Investment Management (TSIM). Both Bel & Main Residences and BelView Apartments received ÖGNI certification for sustainable construction.

Each of the apartments, ranging from approximately 55 to 204 square meters, features outdoor spaces and floor-to-ceiling glazing. The two residential towers offer many complimentary amenities, including exclusive fitness rooms, co-working spaces, community areas, parcel lockers for online orders, and even a laundry room for pets, golf clubs, or other sports equipment to promote efficient work-life balance.

The project was constructed using reinforced concrete with in-situ concrete, and thermal component activation ensures a comfortable indoor climate throughout the year. The room control device in the apartments is programmed to prevent simultaneous heating and cooling in the same space. The abundant greenery in Schweizergarten extends to the green roof surfaces. The underground garage provides 62 electric charging points. The green spaces are irrigated using stored rainwater, and any excess water is collected on-site.

Project owner Signa
Architecture Arge WAS (DMAA, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Architekturconsult), Wien
Further data ÖBA: Vasko+Partner
Fotos: Philipp Derganz, WAS; Franz Ertl