Belvedere Apartments, Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Apartments, Vienna, Austria

Unique structures form visual harmony

The Belvedere in Vienna is a place of prestige in any case. Star architect Renzo Piano has now added another shining object to this prestigious location. The polygonal soffit made of fiber cement at a height of 12 meters, which plays with shapes and structures, is not only a technical masterpiece, but also a special eye-catcher of the building.

This project is featured in the Swisspearl Architecture #29. Subscribe to our magazine to get the printed issue.

© Michel Denancé, Paris, France

Renzo Piano is one of the best-known and most renowned architects of the 20th and 21st centuries. His worldwide breakthrough came in 1977 with the revolutionary concept of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which he developed together with the British architect Richard Rogers. Also the New York Times Building and “The Shard” – Europe’s tallest skyscraper – bear his signature.

In 2018, Renzo Piano also set his sights on Vienna for the first time.  The building complex of the Belvedere Apartments is a prestige object from many points of view and convinces with its special forms.

© Michel Denancé, Paris, France

What at first sight appears to be a compact design is actually divided into five individual vertical structures. Each building has a unique polygonal plan held high above the ground plane on tall, slender “piloti” four to six levels stories above ground. The utility and stairwells are rounded at the corners.

© Michel Denancé, Paris, France
© Michel Denancé, Paris, France

A special feature is the building’s ceiling area between the piloti, which was clad with individual Swisspearl facade panels and given a polygonal structure in which none of the attached “facade triangles” resembles the other.

In addition to the individual cuts, the Swisspearl facades are also special because of their customized color. Prior to installation, they were completely prefabricated and cut according to plan dimensions to ensure maximum quality during the highly demanding installation.

Individual cuts, weighted structures and special shapes create a special visual harmony in this object.


Belvedere Apartments

Arsenalstrasse 12–16, Vienna, Austria

RPBW Architects, Paris, in collaboration with NMPB Architekten ZT GmbH, Vienna

Michel Denancé, Paris

Facade Contractor
TKSA GmbH, Vienna

Building period

PDF project sheet

Facade material
Swisspearl Largo Nobilis Custom Color

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