Donau City Panorama

I am remembering 5 years ago when I had my 1st digital camera, my dear Ixus 400. This is a re-edited version of a panorama that I shot … and I am very impressed about the quality of this camera seeing the details that provides after post-processing the image again. More megapixels don’t mean better quality in details, this is an example that this depends on the sensor size and optics too.

The Donau City complex is an entirely new part of Vienna, both modern and multi-functional outside the Ring, the old town.

In 1962, the construction of the Danube Tower (‘Donauturm’) began, and two years later, the Garden Festival was held. The site of the garden show was known as Donaupark. Not far from Donaupark, in 1967, the planning of the UNO-City was started, opened in 1979. Through the construction of the U1 and the Reichsbruecke (Empire Bridge), the UN-City had a high-ranking access to the traffic system.

The terrain gained increasing importance with the opening of the congress center Austria Center Vienna in 1987. Next, there were plans, at the end of the 1980s, to hold an EXPO Vienna-Budapest, along the northern bank of the Danube in Vienna. However, the planned EXPO 1995 was canceled, because the Viennese population rejected this project, as part of a referendum, by a majority of the votes.

The project was implemented in three major stages within 12 years. In developing the project master plan, Viennese architects Krischanitz and Neumann concentrated on preserving the functional integrity of the growing city, its consistent urban character and spatial design. Their concept is remarkable for its three utilisation levels: level 0 for pedestrians and cyclists; level -1, the media level, for technical infrastructure; and an underground level, termed level -2, which comprises access streets and car parks.

A third of the total usable floor space is reserved for offices and commercial space, mostly in the twin high-rise buildings by architects Peichl and Isozaki, but also in architect Holzbauer’s Andromeda Tower. Residential space prevails in the buildings along Donaupark and down to the banks of the New Danube; altogether, there are some 1,500 dwellings. A Kindergarten, a primary school (by architect Hollein) and a small centre for local shops have been integrated into this part of the complex. Apart from convenient traffic links and transport connections, the main assets of Donau City include direct access to the nearby recreational areas and a beautiful view across the Danube.

Donau City Panorama

Donau City, Vienna (Austria)

Canon Ixus 400 @ 7 mm | f2.8, 1/160s, ISO 100.  Panorama from 5 exposures.