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Gasometer-Town, Vienna

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ABOVE: Aerial view of "G-town" during construction, showing the four converted gasometers. A glass bridge connects the historic structures to a new entertainment center.

Gasometers or gasholders--huge storage containers for the gas used in heating and cooking--were built in many cities during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, when gas was a commercial byproduct of coal mining, steelmaking, and other industrial processes. Today, many of the old gasometers have been replaced by pipelines and tank farms, but a few are being adapted to new uses. Among the latter are four 102-year-old gasholders in the Vienna's Simmering district, which have been reborn as a residential and commercial development named "Gasometer-Town."

"G-town," as the locals call it, includes:

  • 70 shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and a vinotheque.
  • A multiplex cinema with 12 screens.
  • An events hall with room for 4,200 people.
  • A daycare center.
  • The Vienna National Archive.
  • 11,000 square meters of office space.
  • 615 apartments.
  • A 230-bed student dormitory.

Most of the new complex is built inside the old gasholders, which--unlike modern storage tanks--were designed to complement the cityscape with their brick walls, arched windows, and white plaster trim.

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