December 6, 2011, 6:19 pm

The architects’ vision for the World Heritage Centre was to create a landing as a dynamic threshold between the Danube river and the countryside. With a spectacular roof spanning over 80 meters the architects intended to outline a gate framing the activities of the visitors embarking and debarking. The structure contains an exhibition area, a restaurant, a tourist information center and a ticket office for the Danube shipping line. All these functions are formally unified under one roof.

Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects. Photography by Manfred Seidl.
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The design includes a new shipping pier and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A large roof spans the area like a wing and connects the elements. The amply roof, desiderated point of arrival, forms likewise a remarkable gate to the landscape of the ‘Wachau’. Alongside the City it leads the everyday life’s fugitives to the place of experience, of emotions. A new place of articulation assumes a shape, creates strong connections between river and city, between landscape and urbanism. The large gate forms the frame for different encounter possibilities, whether cultural, culinary or interpersonal. Zone of communication, gastronomy, commerce and ticket counter conflate into a whole.
The Zone of communication of the World Heritage Centre is located at the areas Westside; it guides the visitor in a literary and also in a visual way into the culture of the region.
6 lines of illuminated screens offer the possibility to represent the ‘Wachau’.
An inviting outside staircase leads the visitors from the promenade to the ‘Gate of the Wachau’. Washed concrete produced from Danube gravel and also several planting accentuations with reed communicate the close proximity to the river.

Text by Najjar-Najjar Architects
ARCHITECT: Najjar-Najjar Architects, Vienna, Austria. DESIGN: Karim and Rames Najjar. LOCATION: Krems, Austria. DESCRIPTION: Public building / Infrastructure. STATUS: completed. DATE: 2011. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
Marine and World Heritage Centre by Najjar-Najjar Architects
Marine and World Heritage Centre ‘Wachau’ by Najjar-Najjar Architects in Krems, Austria

A gate to the hilly landscape of the Wachau region in Lower Austria.

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