Public Spaces

Naturally green with an urban vibe for a perfect work-life balance.

People passing through Hannah-Arendt-Platz and Hannah-Arendt-Park; Bildungscampus Seestadt shown in the back
© Daniel Hawelka
Portrait of Jakob Kastner
The quality of a city's public spaces has a decisive influence on its feel-good factor. Public outdoor spaces effectively form the backbone of Seestadt.
Jakob Kastner, Public Space, Wien 3420 AG

Feel-good Factor + Outdoor Space

A city's feel-good factor originates in the spaces between the buildings: in its streets, squares and parks. The public space provides impetus for many of the city's essential functions – for mobility, commerce and culture, not to mention leisure and recreation.

High Standards + Careful Planning

Outdoor space forms the backbone of Seestadt, making it a top location for companies for whom an attractive environment is important. Special emphasis is therefore placed on the planning and design of the public space.  As a Smart City, Seestadt sets itself high standards that allow unique projects to be realized.

Working + Taking a Break

Together with the surrounding Lakeside Park, the lake that gives its name to the whole development forms the green lung of Seestadt. Roads, footpaths, cycleways, parks and green spaces together account for 50 per cent of the total site area. Workplaces at Seestadt are in green surroundings yet in the midst of a vibrant city with all the amenities of urban life.

Strong Women + Street Names

Janis Joplin, Hannah Arendt and Agnes Primocic – the streets at Seestadt are all named after great women.

The actual effect on the gender balance in the naming of Vienna's thoroughfares may well be a small one, yet with this policy Seestadt is setting an important example. A city's street names shape its identity and are the repository of its collective memory.  The concept is being continued in the emerging Lakeside Park Quarter, where public spaces are likewise exclusively named after women.

You can read more about their lives and achievements in our brochure "Seestadt has a female face".

The "Score of Public Space" (German only)

In their "Score for Public Space", the Danish urban designers Gehl Architects set out basic principles and strategies for the public spaces in the new urban centre. This planning manual constitutes an essential component of the brief in public tenders and design competitions for the outdoor spaces.

50.000 sqm
lake
50
per cent public space
4
strings in the "Score for Public Space"