IKEA is breaking new ground with its newest store in Austria. Located at Vienna's Westbahnhof station, this seven-story building will be unlike any IKEA you've ever seen. Not only does it have a green facade and roof terrace, but there will be no car parking spots. This innovative concept is aimed at the urban shopper and is a nod to Vienna's top-notch transport system.
IKEA Westbahnhof will include the full range of items that shoppers have come to expect. But while they'll be able to carry out small items, there's a new system in place for larger pieces. An enhanced logistics department will ensure that all other items will be delivered to your home—ideally within 24 hours. It's a new way of shopping that caters to convenience and comfort.
The unconventional design of the building was a joint effort between querkraft architekten and IKEA's architects. The goal was the create an informal space that the entire community can enjoy. In fact, the green rooftop will be open to the public even outside of IKEA's opening hours. Aside from lush greenery, the area will include a café, which invites the community to gather and mingle with friends.
The architects imagined the outer shell of the building as a shelf, with different zones for terraces, greenery, and practical measures like restrooms, elevators, and stairs. The 160 trees integrated into the outer shell will help with heating and cooling, keeping a balanced microclimate.
In keeping with their goal to be good neighbors, IKEA is also integrating other businesses into the building. The top two floors will host a 345-room Jo&Joe Open House hotel that will include a restaurant and rooftop bar. Catering to young people and business travelers, it will generate a mix of locals and tourists within the space. Lastly, several businesses that operated in the location prior to construction will be moving back into the new structure. This includes a pharmacy, hearing aid studio, hair salon, and bakery to round out the services available under one roof.
IKEA Westbahnhof began construction on January 7, 2020 and is slated to open in 2021.