Concept Live and Work

Hans Hollein already anticipated this phenomenon 50 years ago. Equipped with a drawing board and telephone, the architect set up his “mobile office” – a pneumatic transparent bubble – on a green airfield. In 1969, the performance was seen as a provocation. Today, the portable workplace is ­hardly surprising. Since the “lockdown”, the “home office” in particular has been adopted and even appreciated by many around the world.

Never before have living and working come so spatially close to each other as they do today. But a home office only “works” if the setting permits. That’s why we need answers to important questions: What kinds of layouts and typologies are suited to both ­living and working? How will this novel alliance impact urban planning in the future?

Our March issue highlights current examples of combined living and working, often in vibrant urban quarters. The strict functionalist order of the city is passé. What matters is that everything you need is just around the corner. After all, we are digitally and globally connected all the time anyway. But true ­quality of life isn’t on the screen, it’s in the variety of experiences and encounters in the analogue urban space at our doorstep.

The Typology section in this issue presents ­successful live/work concepts, whether in large ­buildings or as extensions to living spaces. The Process reports, on two residential and commercial buildings by BDE and Atelier Kempe Thill, reveal the complexity of planning mixed-use urban buildings. In our featured Interview, architects Bernd Vlay and Lina Streeruwitz describe their experiences with ­flexible concepts in Vienna.

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