Project 1/5 2012

G3 Park

Year:2011 - 2012
Project type:shopping resort
Project status:completed
Completion:10/2012
Award:IDA International Design Award 2013
Location:G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf (AUT)
Area:50000 m²
Competence:landscape design and planning
Supported by:Lindle+Bukor, Duller/Stippl
Client:HY Immobilien Ypsilon GmbH

On the basis of a largely completed traffic planning, Kieran Fraser Landscape Design was commissioned to design the outdoor facilities of the G3 Shopping Resort in Gerasdorf (4 km north of Vienna) in 2011. The design for a total area of ​​approximately 50.000 m2 includes the forecourts of the main entrances to the shopping centre and a parking lot for 3500 cars.
​The parking lot is designed as a park. The dynamic topography in formal dialogue with the architecture and the surrounding landscape creates local identity and allows for good orientation on the car park. The paths allow for continuous movement through both indoor and outdoor space, leading to water features and through a variety of shrubs and grasses. The green area around the high point of the parking lot creates a becalmed space for rest and relaxation and offers a perfect overview of the resort.

  • site | maps and aerial photo © RWA Austria
     site | maps and aerial photo © RWA Austria
  • physical model | photo
     physical model | photo

Membrane

The interaction of topography and agriculture in the area of the resort generates an image of curved lines and surfaces. Following this aesthetic and in formal dialogue with the curved architecture of the shopping centre, the car park was modelled topographically. Regarding the general perception of the site, this highly effective intervention reflects the core idea of the project. The spacious gesture of the “membrane” and the added height of up to 6 meters creates local identity and allows for good orientation on the car park. The maximum slope is 6%, which meets the national planning criteria B 1600 for barrier-free building.

  • design | ground plan
     design | ground plan
  • membrane | scetches, model and building site photo (filling and compacting the
     membrane | scetches, model and building site photo (filling and compacting the "membrane" in numerous layers of 40 cm)
  • membrane | gradiant diagram detail and physical model
     membrane | gradiant diagram detail and physical model
  • membrane | building site photos
     membrane | building site photos

Lawn grid

To minimize the sealed area of the car park and to ensure optimal drainage, 13.000 m2 of lawn grid were installed on 1.300 of a total of 3.500 parking spaces. The density of the lawn grid is concentrated towards the more elevated parking spaces and thus emphasizes the topography of the “membrane”. In addition, single green parking spaces in the paved areas reinforce the gentle gradient effect from grey to green.

  • membrane and lawn grid | greening concept
     membrane and lawn grid | greening concept
  • lawn grid | photos
     lawn grid | photos
  • central green area | photo
     central green area | photo
  • central green area | sections
     central green area | sections
  • central green area with water feature | photo
     central green area with water feature | photo

Plants

The G3 Shopping Resort was the first shopping centre in Austria subjected to an environmental compatibility assessment - with positive outcome. Amongst other measures, roof and terrain surfaces were created to ensure the habitat of the native crested lark and the giant peacock moth. This effort was also supported by the design and plant selection of a central green area around the high point of the car park. Formally, the planting concept refers to the geometry of the surrounding cultivated landscape (see grafic below). Predominantly native perennials and grasses are planted in a linear continuation of the neighbouring fields and form the core element of the central green area. The plant selection was compiled in co-operation with the Vienna-based design studio The Flowerbeds and evolved from their method “paint before you plant”. Five plant collections, varying in terms of colour and texture, structure the green area according to the topography and create a diversified overall picture.

  • planting concept | ground plan and diagrams
     planting concept | ground plan and diagrams
  • planting concept | sections
     planting concept | sections
  • plants | photo
     plants | photo
  • plants | photo
     plants | photo
  • completed work | aerial photo © RWA Austria
     completed work | aerial photo © RWA Austria