© Julia Hürner, Rustensteg

© Julia Hürner, Rustensteg

Focus District


Each year besides its main projects and topics, the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK chooses a geographical focus in the city and nominates a focus district.
For ten whole days the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK takes the stage here in a multitude of spaces and venues, supports local, old-established businesses and invites the public to venture into this unknown microcosm and acquire new perspectives on the multifaceted urban district.
Special locations as well as resident businesses gain center stage. The festival headquarters are located there too.

Vienna 15 has been out of the up-and-coming category for a long time now. Not so long ago, the district was associated with suburbs filled with down-at-heel, mid-to-late nineteenth-century buildings, worker migration, and street sexworkers, but since the turn of the twenty-first century it has gained undisputedly in attractiveness. At the same time, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus is today symbolic of a new sense of belonging within a neighborhood. Besides the Nibelungenviertel in the north, a new creative zone is evolving especially in the meandering streets and alleys of the district’s center in the south, which reaches back to the Middle Ages, for instance round around Reindorfgasse and Schwendermarkt. For ten whole days, the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017 opened up the urban curtain and set the stage with new spaces here, supported long-established businesses and showcased all the facets of the dual district divided by the Western Railway. A location survey from the perspective of design. For locals just as much as for international guests!


Here you can find all events taking place in the focus district 2017