mostlikely are founding members of TEAM WIEN, a design collaborative investigating the future of communal life in cities. Our experiments and interventions interrogate the way we work, play, and coexist in an urban environment. Our debut project, Park Macht Platz, is a prototype that deals with a new approach towards work as a mode of production and social exchange. Park was constructed as a temporary installation, occupying a central section of a parking lot at the end of Vienna’s Naschmarkt. Five timber modules arranged in a linear grid, act as containers for social transactions. The otherwise underused parking lot – an asphalt clearing surrounded by ornate 19th century facades – is temporarily reactivated as a public space programmed for non-commercial, social exchange. During a span of four weeks, Park Macht Platz hosted seminars on urbanism, furniture-building, silk screen printing, and animation workshops, public dinners, concerts, poetry readings, and table tennis tournaments. Between events, the timber modules provided a landscape for informal gatherings and activities. The design, financing, permit process, construction, and programming for the installation were part of a coordinated effort between TEAM WIEN and their collaborators. The installation was the result of a larger design process that focused on rethinking a long axis that joins the city center to the Schönbrunn Palace along the Wien River. Park Macht Platz formed part of the 2017 Vienna Architecture Biennale.

Location: Vienna, Austria
Principal use: Non-commercial, re-activated public space
Site area:  42,000 m2
Structural Engineering: Werkraum Ingenieure
Construction: Nut & Feder
In collaboration with: sudden workshopIBAViadukt, MAK, StadtFabrik
Photography: Zara Pfeifer