The facade of IKEA’s first full-size city center store greens and cools its surroundings

Known for its minimalist interior design products, the IKEA City Center Vienna Westbahnhof features an exterior designed to resemble the brand’s famous shelving. Local firm querkraft completed a design that would integrate the building into its surrounding neighborhood, with hostels and public spaces filling out the building’s program in addition to the store. A rooftop terrace is accessible to the public from the ground level, no purchase required. 

The rooftop is publicly accessible and open past store hours. (Courtesy querkraft)

IKEA requested that the design of the store reflect the company’s intent to be a “good neighbor” in Vienna, with a building that not

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