Day 344/365 of Steel – Gustav Peichl

Gustav Peichl (b. March 18, 1928, d. November 17, 2019) was an Austrian architect and caricaturist. He opened his own architectural firm in 1955. Peichl built the EFA Radio Satellite Station in Aflenz, Austria and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn.

Millennium Tower (1999)

Phenomenal – the view from the 202-metre-high Millennium Tower. 360-degree unobstructed panoramic view of Vienna, the Danube and far beyond. Including the antenna mast, the tower by Peichl, Podrecca and Weber towers 65 m above St. Stephen’s Cathedral. An unmistakable part of the Viennese skyline and one of Vienna’s landmarks.

Millennium Tower, Vienna
Fig 1: Millennium Tower, Vienna
Photo: Public Domain

The architecture of the Millennium Tower is also phenomenal. Nomen est omen, the name already hints at it. Completed in 1999, the tower is a classic representative of its decade, a style icon of the turn of the millennium: With its intelligent overall construction, consisting of two interlocking fully glazed cylinders supported by a steel composite structure, but also with its flexible adaptation to the needs of its users.

The 43,000 m² of office space all have daylight – and the unique view of the Danube metropolis. For this purpose, special solar control glass with platinum mirroring was used for the glass surfaces of the windows.

The tower is a typical example of mixed building technology, combining compositeframes with a concrete core. Special attention has been paid to the moment connections between the slim floors and the column tubes resulting in a drastically reduced construction time and thin slabs.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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