Festival Headquarters 2019

For ten days, the festival headquarters, one of the core elements of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, will
be located in the Althan Quarter in the ninth municipal district. As this year’s location partner, 6B47
Real Estate Investors AG will open the doors to the well-known but never before publicly accessible
building above the station “Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof” as an exclusive privilege for VIENNA DESIGN
Since 1978, the area has been a hotspot of urban planning as a result of the current architectural
complex designed by the architect partnership around Kurt Hlawenicka and Karl Schwanzer. With
a surface of 2.4 hectares, the area is Vienna’s biggest urban development project within the
perimeter of the Gürtel boulevard and as such has invited a fair deal of controversy. Especially
because the complex has remained a much-discussed issue to this day for local residents,
architects, politicians and the business community, constitutes a visually striking architectural
landmark and moreover offers a wide range of attractive plots, the emerging Althan Quarter
provides an ideal stage for VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.