SIGNA to transform the old Korneuburg shipyard

‘Old shipyard. New ideas’ is the title under which the old shipyard and surrounding area in Korneuburg – a unique location directly on the River Danube near the Vienna city boundary – is set to be developed into a new and lively mixed-use district comprising residential, employment, retail, leisure, dining, service and public facilities. SIGNA’s participation in the project development began in early 2019 as a new partner of the Municipality of Korneuburg.

Development of the shipyard and surrounding area is a core project of the town and documented in the Korneuburg master plan, which was drawn up as a guideline for future design in a participatory process involving the close cooperation of citizens, politicians and staff of the municipal authorities and adopted in 2016.

An urban planning competition was held for the project, which has a total development area of some 10.7 ha. The design by KCAP Architects&Planners, the office of Kees Christiaanse, the Dutch architect and professor of architecture and urban planning at ETH Zurich, with Baumschlager Hutter Partners and YEWO Landscapes, emerged as winners. Start of construction is scheduled for early 2022.

The property is distinguished by its unique location southwest of the centre of Korneuburg directly on the Danube. Access to water enhances the quality of any city and it is not without reason that waterfront locations are the most popular residential areas in many cities. Connecting Passau and Vienna, the Danube cycle path runs directly along the area. In addition to the highly attractive waterfront areas, the wetland landscape has various recreational attributes.

The location is only about 10 km from the gates of Vienna and well connected for private transport via the A22 and S1. Vienna’s city centre can be easily reached by car in just 20 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes to drive to Vienna Airport via a continuous motorway link. Various options for an additional motorway exit (Korneuburg Mitte) are currently under review so as to directly connect the future shipyard development area to the top-tier road network. It takes less than 30 minutes to travel by suburban railway from Korneuburg to Wien Mitte station.