Escape staircase Sonnenfelsgasse

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria

  • Architect


  • Client

    Burghauptmannschaft Österreich

  • Typologies

    • Building redevelopment
    • Public buildings
    • Special construction
  • Competition


  • Planning


  • Execution

    2019 - 2021

  • Scopes

    • Inspection engineer acc. to WBO
    • LPH1 Basic analysis construction planning
    • LPH2 Preliminary draft
    • LPH3 Preliminary structural draft
    • LPH4 Submission planning
    • LPH5 Execution planning
    • LPH6 Collaboration in tender procedures
    • LPH7 Support of the construction work
    • LPH8 Collaboration in the local construction supervison
  • Material

    • Steel & metal

In the early baroque building in Vienna’s city centre, the “Domus Universitatis” – part of Vienna’s first university – the existing inner courtyard could be enriched with an escape staircase – as an interesting new architectural element.

The listed building requires a careful and conscious approach to the existing architecture. Thus, instead of minimising space, a new experienceable space could be added to the very small courtyard with an escape staircase as a walk-in sculpture.

The steel pillars, which tilt towards each other, appear like three rods placed in space; they form the supporting core of the newly constructed escape staircase.