Thanks for that added detail evilweevil.
Just to give people a little bit of an idea the propossed building is going to be just outside the Ring road that loops around the historic core of the city. This is the propossed building
, and the diagram shows the original propossal and the revised heights.
If I understand correctly it is going to be on this site
. The new building is going to mostly mirror the existing hotel and then have a square tower which is approximatley 20-25m taller than the already existing structure.
I thought I would try and see what tall buildings are already in and around the core zone of central Vienna. It looks like there is something fairly comperable, on the opposite side of the Ring is the Ringturm
which is roughly the same shape as the taller tower in the new propossal. However the Ringturm is 73m
tall, the new building is propossed to be 66m
so the new threat will be slightly smaller and slightly further from the centre.
In this image from the tower of Stephandom
you can see the Ringturm, (hopefully dead centre of the image, the white sqaure tower just by the last dip in the hills). Measuring the distance from the image to the Ringturm it is 950m, where as the new propossed building will be slightly closer at 860m, but in the opposite direction.
Now that shows things removed of local context; perhaps the location next to a green space or a potential pipeline of other tall buildings etc may pose bigger issues. However I would struggle to see that this propossed building, shorter than other similarly placed buildings will truly stop Vienna from having OUV or destroy the urban and architectural qualities of the Historic Centre of Vienna bear outstanding witness to a continuing interchange of values throughout the second millennium.
In much the same way that a bridge, that you can't see from the city centre, that allievients traffic in the said historic centre didn't destroy my understanding of the OUV of Dresden when I last visited. And perhaps in the same way that the World Heritage Committee don't think that the tall buildings in the background here destroy
the OUV of the ruins of a Portuguese Baroque church in Macau.