Gasometers Reimagined as Apartment Community

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For a hundred years or so, Vienna invested in coal/gas energy, but when the plant was decommissioned there were four large gasometers remaining.  The imposing structures sat idly, appearing in the James Bond movie, The Living Daylights and hosting rave parties.

Rather than tear them down, architects designed them to be converted into apartment style housing.  First, they gutted the structures.
Each gasometer was divided into several zones for living (apartments in the top), working (offices in the middle floors) and entertainment and shopping (shopping malls in the ground floors). The shopping mall levels in each gasometer are connected to the others by skybridges.

Additional features:
Over 70 restaurants/bars/cafes
A multiplex cinema with 12 screens
4200 person capacity events hall
Daycare center
The Vienna National Archive
11,000 square meters (118,403 sq ft) of office space
615 apartments
230-bed student dorm

Link with many cool photos.

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Well, I know this area, as I live in Vienna. Build the "Shield" that is visible on the left side. It was very hard to find people who wanted to live in there.
Second, the shopping center/cinema-center in there is really really bad, and also quite outside of urban areas.
Third, the tower used to be completely emty, with a round sphere segment as pavement. The Center of the floor thus was raised. Before the reconstruction, the last "Gasometer" was used as a big time Party location. Dirt piling up on the dancefloor diffused to the sides, because of the shape. The acoustics were quite peculiar, each base beat hit you twice. It was on of the hippest locations in Vienna.
Now instead, they have a big event hall, which is very normal and highly commercial..
Not everything that shines is actual gold..
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A nice reuse of these gasometers. You can find another use of old gasometers in Leipzig and Dresden in Germany. There are huge 360° panoramas in there. In Leipzig the amazonas with previous exhibitions of the Mount Everest and the ancient Rome and in Dreden the baroque view of the city of Dresden. It is also amazing.
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