© Lukas Dostal
The Vienna-based architecture office querkraft was founded in 1998. Around 100 projects, competition entries and buildings in Austria and abroad provide ample evidence of the successful work by this team that currently comprises around 45 staff members. The mission statement formulated by querkraft is “giving people space”, which expresses a constant striving for generosity in the field of spatial design and for the kind of freedom that facilitates users’ personal development. In the area of housing, in particular, querkraft has realised many projects that embody this philosophy. One example is the Viennese housing project U31, built to passive house standards, which was awarded the State Prize for “Architecture and Sustainability” in 2013. Office and museum buildings or projects in public space are also a fixed part of the work of querkraft as is shown by, for instance, the Liaunig Museum in Carinthia, which has already been declared a listed building.
Current projects: Austrian Pavilion for the World Expo 2020/2021 in Dubai - UAE, IKEA “In the Middle of the City” in Vienna - AUT, the Museum of Concrete Art Ingolstadt – GER, The university campus and House of Schools Johannes Kepler University Linz – AUT, etc.