Gürtelfrische WestKarin Harather

Gürtelfrische West

Close to the Westbahnhof between the 7th and 15th districts, the Gürtelfrische WEST, a temporary living and recreation space with a new and surprising urban quality, is being created in August.

Between 8 and 30 August, the connecting strip between Felberstraße and Stollgasse am Gürtel, as well as the areas of the central intersection adjoining to the north and south, will be transformed into a central urban and green space for the Viennese. Recreation and recreational activities play a role in this process, as do unusual experiences and the opening of an experimental field for alternative design of the urban space.

The bus laboratory "I need space!" by Karin Harather (idea and overall management)

The Bus Laboratory is an art and space research project sponsored by KÖR - Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien, developed by Karin Harather, which is being implemented as a cooperation of architects, urban researchers and artists. For Gürtelfrische WEST, the converted bus will stop at the Gürtel for three weeks, where it will be available as an experimental space and platform for creative urban exploration and space appropriation options. The programme ranges from overnight stays in a "bus hotel" to do-it-yourself activities, weekly "Grätzlreise", where residents* can present their favourite places, and other participatory random programmes.

For 1 night at the "Bus-Hotel" (August 8 - 29, 2020, 1 - 2 persons or 1 family) you can apply at:
Information about the project I need space! can be found here:

General information about the Gürtelfrische WEST

An urban space project for people
Gürtelfrische WEST offers a harmonious overall structure of green space, swimming pool, sunbathing lawns, dance and exercise programmes, consumption-free zones, gastronomy, mobile furniture and a wide range of leisure activities for young and old. Gürtelfrische WEST also functions as a platform for cultural performances, which will take place on the artistically designed wooden stage: The programme ranges from concerts, readings, DJ evenings to dance performances. The bus laboratory "Ich brauche Platz!" (I need space!), which will take place in cooperation with Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien, will organise workshops and events on the theme of the city. For cyclists a free Vienna Bike Check is offered at selected times. Registration is not necessary: First come - first serve.

Between 7th and 15th district
The project was initiated jointly by the districts of Neubau (7) and Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (15) with the aim of strengthening the spatial and social links between the two districts. The two districts, which are among the most densely built-up in the city, thus address the importance of public and green space in the city. Gürtelfrische WEST is a project with a signal effect, which opens up the urban space in the sense of an alternative space of possibilities and makes it tangible. It also points out that cities are constantly changing and that the eventful history of the Gürtel (keywords: Linienwall, light rail, green space, children's outdoor pool, traffic artery) will continue to be written in the future.

Living space city
The city as a living space has gained in importance, not least in connection with the current corona crisis. Public space and the design of the immediate surroundings are decisive for quality of everyday life. Vienna will continue to be strongly challenged in this respect in the future in view of the increasing population growth, the associated densification and climate changes that turn cities into heat hotspots - all these are current developments that pose sustainable challenges for cities. Vienna is particularly affected in this respect, as it is one of the cities in Europe that will have to expect the greatest warming in the future. As a cool oasis in the middle of the traffic jungle, Gürtelfrische WEST invites people to take a short summer break from everyday life for three weeks.

Project initiators
The project is an initiative of the districts 15 (Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, district leader Gerhard Zatlokal) and 7 (Neubau, district leader Markus Reiter) in cooperation with KÖR - Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien and with the support of the Mobilitätsagentur Wien.
The agency art:phalanx, Kultur & Urbanität is responsible for the detailed concept and the general management.

Opening hours:
Saturday, 8 August to Sunday, 30 August 2020, daily from 10 to 22 o'clock
Opening on 8 August 2020, 2 p.m.

Blocking of the crossing area incl. assembly and disassembly time
Tuesday, August 4, 0 a.m. to Monday, September 1, midnight
Traffic in a north-south direction on the belted roads will not be affected.

Intersection Felberstrasse/Stollgasse on the Gürtel and the existing green spaces adjacent to it to the north and south (Gürtelmittelstreifen)


Stollgasse 12, 1070 Wien, Österreich

Further Information

Programmteam Ich brauche Platz! GÜRTELFRISCHE: Harather/Lechner, Carla Schwaderer, Micheal Rylko, Music.DISPLACED, Svenja Schulmeister, Sebastian Lengauer, Jasmin Redl


Gürtelfrische WestKarin Harather

Time Period

August 8 to 30, 2020

U3 & U6, Westbahnhof

Programm Bus-Labor:
Täglich 16.00 bis 20.00 Uhr: Bus-Labor-Aktivitäten wie Ansichtskarten zeichnen, Hocker bauen, Stadt(-Raum) aneignen, in der Buslounge chillen, u.v.m.
Mittwochs, 17.00 bis 19.00 Uhr: Grätzlreisen - Zeig' uns deinen Lieblingsort in der Umgebung!
Donnerstags, 17.00 bis 19.00 Uhr: Soundtown - Bring your instruments!
Freitags und Samstags, 17.00 bis 20.00 Uhr: Random-Programm



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