How is and where is the spectacular sustainable store that Ikea opened

The Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture company, which conquered all the markets in which it landed in the world, opened a store that changes the most well-known traditional image of Ikea, with its gigantic blue and yellow windows. This is the shopping mall that Ikea opened in Vienna, Austria.

Located near the Westbahnhof railway station in the Austrian capital, the mega-local is distributed over seven floors. Sustainability is its most distinctive feature: it has a green facade, full of plants and pots, and its structure in the form of stacked boxes, designed by Querkraft Architekten.

In addition, the seven-story structure that looks like a huge DIY rack also features a terrace that is open to the public, a café, and a 345-bed hostel.

Ikea opens a superstore in Vienna.
PRENSA querkraft architects

The ground floor opens up to the life and commercial areas of Mariahilfer Straße. The interiors are organized as a “void” that maintains a visual connection between the floors.

Plants abound in this new building
Plants abound in this new buildingPRENSA querkraft architects

This Ikea has 160 large trees on its facade and on top of its roof. It is one of the most important measures in the green island strategy in the city of Vienna. “Trees provide cooling and humidity, a natural and passive air conditioning strategy. The air temperature at pedestrian level will also improve with these measures”, the designers explain.

The Swedish company has 400 stores in 50 markets and now aims to develop in South America with Chile as its kick.

The terrace with a privileged view of the city of Vienna
The terrace with a privileged view of the city of ViennaPRENSA querkraft architects

In December 2021, the brand announced that it will stop using plastic packaging by 2025. Now, this grocery store 60,000 square meters goes one step further in the sustainable agenda. In this sense, the mega store has solar panels and hyper-efficient heating and cooling, both essential in a city with extreme temperatures in the winter and summer months.

There are recreational spaces for children who accompany their parents
There are recreational spaces for children who accompany their parentsPRENSA querkraft architects
The macro-store has a cafeteria
The macro-store has a cafeteriaPRENSA querkraft architects
The decoration is relaxed, in neutral colors and with very large spaces
The decoration is relaxed, in neutral colors and with very large spacesPRENSA querkraft architects
The Swedish company has 400 stores in 50 markets
The Swedish company has 400 stores in 50 marketsPRENSA querkraft architects
The seven floors have iron balconies
The seven floors have iron balconiesPRENSA querkraft architects
The total area is 60,000 m2
The total area is 60,000 m2PRENSA querkraft architects
It looks like a big company building but it is a decoration shop to wander around and equip the house
It looks like a big company building but it is a decoration shop to wander around and equip the housePRENSA querkraft architects
There are spaces with artistic inspirations from their walls
There are spaces with artistic inspirations from their wallsPRENSA querkraft architects
The cafeteria on the terrace has a continuity in the open air and is freely accessible
The cafeteria on the terrace has a continuity in the open air and is freely accessiblePRENSA querkraft architects
This Ikea has 160 large trees on its facade and on top of its roof
This Ikea has 160 large trees on its facade and on top of its roofPRENSA querkraft architects

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