Wien Museum Neu

The Golden Trace

In the 18th century, Karlsplatz used to be connected to the historical city of Vienna via the River Wien, which goes around the city outside the city wall, and flows into the famous River Danube. The river was a significant structure of the city , functioned as flood control device and involved in daily people’s lives.  As the city centre expanded, traffic along the Ringstrasse increased significantly. And the hygiene of the river became an issue due to the unwell hygiene management at the time, leading to a need to cover up a session of the river with an additional driveway on top. Since then the river was submerged, quietly turned into a concrete culvert. The once permanence of Vienna was covered.

Therefore we propose to uncover the traces of the river Wien which was once flowing along the edge of the Karlsplatz. A building with the river’s outline is proposed. The outline is as well brought all the way into the Haerdtl building. The new and old museum is thus gently linked up by the old mighty river. We deploy Otto Wagner’s landscape plan as a base, for its attention of the planning symmetry and axis. The whole strip of the river trace is landscaped in a consistent manner, filled with benches, bushes and water feature. . Cultural follies are then added to provide events to the space, may it be art pavilions sculptures, or anchor points for activities to happen. Ground floors of the Wien museum extension and Winterthur building are filled with cafes with outdoor seating, so visitors to the place can enjoy the plaza every day.

Klimt inspiration

In the Viennese art world, Secession Art definitely left a golden trace in the history. The succession art inspire the museum space to create unique experience for the visitors.


Each module will form a petal to create a "seed of the fruit".