Debating Chamber in the Austrian Parliament - Vienna

Theophil Hansen’s parliament building can not only be understood as an integral part of the city, but also as a city in itself; a complex and dense spatial figure which represents the socio-political situation of the 19th century. To maintain the urban integrity of the Ringstrasse the external silhouette should remain untouched. It is therefore even more important, in order to give the building a contemporary identity, to open it from the inside out as a democratic forum of political discourse; a fitting space for today’s close ties between society and the National Council.
The redesign of the plenary chamber offers the chance to create a contemporary framework for a diverse and free society; an architectural embodiment of democratic terms such as “openness” and “transparency”.


National Council Chamber in the Austrian Parliament
1017 Vienna, Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring 1-3

Open, EU-wide competition 2008; 3rd place

BIG – Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

Republic of Austria

Staff members Geiswinkler & Geiswinkler
Roland Radda, Sven Schuler, Thimon Triebel


Structrual Consultant / Building Services Consultant
Vasko + Partner

Media Technology
Checkpoint Media

Lighting Design
Bartenbach Lichtlabor

Net. Floor Area
6,700 m² approx.