Querkraft Architekten Applies "Green Building" Design to New IKEA Outlets in Vienna

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Wednesday, 27 April 2022

IKEA is a furniture and homewares company founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 in Sweden. The success of IKEA is evidenced by the number of outlets spread around the world. IKEA has just announced the opening of its newest store located in Vienna, Austria, designed by Querkraft Architekten. Uniquely, the shape of the façade of this new outlet is different from the outlets in general which display a façade resembling a blue and yellow container truck box. This 21,600 square meters building has a façade shape built of steel and concrete, therefore this building is designed to resemble the display shelves that are commonly displayed in IKEA sales catalogs.

this building has a façade shape built of steel and concrete

In the initial process of designing this new outlet, the architect revealed that the building aims to be a good "neighbor". So to fulfill its mission Querkraft Architekten designed this seven-story outlet by not providing car parking and planting 160 large trees on the roof and façade with the aim of providing coolness to the outlet while helping the climate in Vienna remain stable.

the architect planting 160 large trees on the roof and façade

the architect planting 160 large trees on the roof and façade

The interior of IKEA is designed by maintaining a visual relationship on each floor with a similar shape and design. The first four floors of this building accommodate IKEA products. In the market hall area, there is small-scale household furniture that can be taken directly such as pillows, dolls, toiletries to kitchen tools. Entering another room, there is an area containing large-scale home furnishing products, ranging from chairs, tables, beds, and cabinets that will be assembled by themselves at home.


The interior of IKEA is designed by maintaining a visual relationship on each floor

In addition, on different floors, there is a showroom area, where visitors can see displays that inspire the arrangement of the interior of the house, ranging from the living room, bedroom, children's bedroom to the kitchen.  Equipped with a cafe, the 345-bedroom hostel and rooftop are connected by an escalator that is accessible to the public from the ground floor to the rooftop.


the façade had an aim to providing coolness to the outlet while helping the climate in Vienna remain stable

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