From Daghan Dizdaroglu

Loft conversions are an important element in the cityscape of Vienna. A mixture of new and old roofs with different heights, coverings, shapes, and structures form the character of Vienna. Every year, old lofts are demolished and new designs are implemented according to the new zoning plan. The implementation is usually carried out on existing structures; old technology is fused with new. Wooden beam ceilings are reinforced with reinforced concrete, Dippelbaum decks are renovated, and damaged existing parts are replaced or repaired.

The execution of renovation is complex; because the old structures cannot meet the required building physics values and structural soundproofing, the old existing parts are not only renovated but also stacked with additional layers. If the static properties of walls and ceilings are not sufficient, the existing structures are supported with static measures such as steel frames. After the implementation of the statics, the flexibility of the design is limited, and statically relevant elements (especially existing structures) are made thicker; elaborate execution details are developed to meet fire protection requirements.

In order to reduce the elaborate process, in the "UP!" project, the old and new elements are not merged, but completely separated. The existing roof is executed as a foil roof. The wooden ceiling is insulated on the outside to meet the building physics requirements. Load transfer is carried out through a reinforced concrete wall extension of exterior walls and chimney wall row.

Water storage tanks are planned on the buffer space between the foil roof of the existing structure and the steel frame bottom. A total area of 730 m2 (389 m2 on the street side, 341 m2 on the courtyard side) serves as a water collector. Water runs between wooden planks onto the foil roof and the roof is drained with Geberit Pluvia. The collected water is filtered and stored in a water tank, which can be used for watering the plants on the roof terrace and in the courtyard. The collected water is also directed to the toilet water tank.

The newly created concrete lines support the steel frames that statically carry the residential modules. The load transfer of the steel frames is reinforced with rectangular beam profiles. Slanted and straight upper ends of the steel frames are slotted on the sides by 7.00 cm to mount rails for movable sun protection elements.

Movable sun protection elements can move around the entire steel frame. Because the fronts have large window areas, movable "dormers" provide visibility and sun protection. The sun protection elements are clad with solar film on the outside, and solar energy is stored.

For the structural utilization of the property for the street tract and courtyard tract, the following key data arise: For the building part, the designation is residential area (W), closed construction (g), construction class 3 (16m). As the existing building is already about 17.0 m high, no further extension can take place. However, the roof can be folded up to 45 degrees. Room-forming extensions can be formed on the building fronts, each to a third of the building front. Symmetry must be observed on the street side, as the ON49 already has an overhang of the parapet and both properties are articulated by bay windows.

In general, there are two different types of residential modules. Two-story modules are planned on the street side, and single-story modules with roof terraces are planned on the courtyard side. Both types of modules can be planned with different module depths: 3.60 m, 4.80 m, and 6.00 m. Depending on the need, various room configurations and terrace configurations are created. Sun heat is stored in the air space and aerated concrete wall with the help of dark-painted Trombe walls on the module fronts, when necessary, blown into the interior.

The apartments are glazed on the sides. Because the terrace corridors are narrow and shaded, the spaces between modules serve as optional common spaces and terrace spaces. To create privacy between apartments, movable wooden panel privacy screens are planned on the outside. If desired, the living room, kitchen, and bedroom can have an open view to the terrace corridor but can also remain private with the help of privacy screens.

Read the “Letter to V” in the consecutive posts to follow the journey.

“ Hello V.

I would have liked to tell you about these things in person, but I don't have the patience to wait even half a day in this state. You know, the cyberware we had implanted in that awful Ripper Doc on the streets of Night City, which was not an Arasaka production. I suspect that my dreams are being shaped only as they wish; that my position on the Net, my braindance sessions, and my messages are being monitored. I don't want to stay connected to this global network. It's impossible to continue living this way, we can't even remove our cyberwares. I have been looking for a way out.

There is talk of a building called Cyber Hideout. There's a shiny statue-like building in the city, actually, the inside is a cyber shelter. If you know the password, you can enter through the thorns that extend to the surrounding buildings. It is said that they have developed their own net inside. A net where no one can follow you, where the digital content you consume is not controlled, where your braindance sessions are not censored, and where the chemicals in the drink you drink are not uploaded to the insurance database...

In the middle of the building, there is a data core developed by netrunners. They allow you to reside in pods arranged around the core. While in these pods and surrounding areas, your cyberwares are not affected by the global network. A database core is a protected, closed box with no access from the outside and no data recorded. The metal walls they have set up to block signals from the outside enable the 300 or so people inside to digitally camouflage themselves. We thought last year that those walls were the cool windows of the apartments inside when we passed by in front of them. Most people continue to think so. To verify the rumor, I inserted an old netrunner in the middle. I'll try to enter through one of the secret passages on the north side in four hours.

If everything goes well, tomorrow at this time I will be able to dream freely with the new people I have just met, read the news I want from the screamsheet, and even watch the forbidden braindances and films in Night City. If neither digital democracy nor cyber privacy is possible, there can be no talk of freedom either in the digital world or in the meatworld.

Then it's time to hide.”