Design Studio SS 06

Wiener Dschungel


The property called “Dehnepark” in the 14th district of Vienna is geographically to be understood as part of the extensive Vienna Woods, which offers its visitors a “dreamy” landscape that invites them to walk and hike. In this way, the area can be regarded as a small-scale urban recreation area of the first order. On about five hectares, a sometimes gentle and sometimes steeper hilly landscape extends with forest clearings, a hamlet, meadows, fruit trees and a ruin that is no longer accessible today, the so-called “Ruinenvilla”, which became the focus of a new design consideration. The objective was to examine the park, which is frequented today but largely overgrown and in no way appreciated for its significance, together with the installations still preserved in it, with regard to possible future scenarios and subsequently to develop proposals and visions that could lead to a revitalization or new experience of the site.


The project requires the development of a concept for the problem at hand. Subsequently, the implementation of the design on a scale of 1:100 (plan representation, model construction) is to be provided. In addition, characteristic areas are to be depicted on a scale of 1:20.


The projects presented clearly demonstrate the range of measures that are conceivable in an “overgrown” park landscape such as that of Dehnepark. From relatively small-scale interventions in the area of the access path, to cubatures largely dug into the earth, and building structures enthroned above the landscape, many things seem conceivable at first. In any case, however, the attempt is made to supplement the landscape with a structure that also allows the existing park to appear in a different light. In this way, the planned structural interventions function not least as generators, which intend to supply the existing park with new life, but in any case with new intensity. The fundamental attitude with which the existing structure is approached proves to be consistently different once again. Some of the projects consciously incorporate the historical structure of the ruins into their concept. Others leave the building merely as a picturesque background. However, the most radical of all approaches is also being considered. However, it is always a matter of providing the park with a new task, or with a new focus, of subjecting it to a theme, as it were, with the structural intervention. Which of these can be brought most coherently into line with the needs of the residents is to be discussed in the following.

In the hope of initiating a lively and open discussion around the park and the “Ruinenvilla” located in it, the project “Dehnepark” should contribute to securing a similar future for the natural space in Vienna’s Penzing district that was once inspired by the realm of fantasy.