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The Wave, Vienna

Look, good things are so close... Raiffeisen International Bank Holding AG in Vienna was looking for a property for an expansion. It was next door. The architect, Prof. Hans Hollein, opened the building owner’s eyes. An office building with an elegantly curved glass façade was created and designed by the glass specialists at Petschenig glastec.

In fact, a lot of imagination was required to take advantages of the opportunities the location offered. The location, in the immediate vicinity of downtown Vienna, is excellent: at the eastern edge of the municipal park, through which the river that gave the city its name flows, a mere 800 metres from St. Stephan’s Cathedral and optimally connected to the city transportation and road network. However, the property was, in fact, nothing more than the triangular remainder between the grid façade of a 62-metre-high, 19-storied hotel built in 1972 and the Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich (Central Bank of Austria) (RZB) administrative building, primarily characterised by the ramp to an underground car park. The renowned Vienna-based architect, Prof. Hans Hollein, saw the possibilities the property offered. The first sketch outlined the curved design of the structure and the name of the building was conceived: “The Wave”.

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