Gasometers of Vienna, Vienna
I was interested in visiting this sight because I like to see old buildings which are no longer used for their original purpose used for something else rather than demolished.
Gasometer is basically four disused gas works towers which have been converted into commercial and residential premises. Each tower was designed by a different architect and while they are the same on the outside, they are very different on the inside.
We could only see the towers from the bottom. The top parts have been made into offices and flats. Tower A was mainly devoted to shopping, tower B was a bit of a building site, tower C was my favourite - very sci fi inside, tower D housed a gym and fitness centre. The four blocks are connected by walkways which was handy in the pouring rain.
We visited on a Sunday when most things inside the blocks were closed. We quite liked the walk of stars on the floors throughout the building showing the hand and foot prints of famous people such as Slade, Katie Melua, Deep Purple and many others.
My husband, who is half Viennese, remembers the towers from his youth when he thinks they were actually cooling towers. His relatives lived in Simmering at the time. The towers have also housed raves due to their powerful acoustics.
Get here by taking the train to Gasometer Station.
The gasometer are four former gas tanks build in 1896, which were revitalised in an extensive manner from 1999 to 2001. The Gasometer left the function to store gas - it changed to a new great building with appartements, students dormitories, bureaus and a large entertainmentcenter with cinema and music-hall.
When we first arrived in Vienna, the Gasometer is the first place we visited after checking into our hotel, as this was where the hotel person suggested we go to eat close by. At first I didn't know what it was, so I thought it was just a giant, oddly shaped mall (from where we first approached, we could only see one of the buildings). After a quick glance into the guide book, I found out that the four big, round brick buildings that house shopping, restaurants, a concert space, exhibition hall, a movie theatre, offices and apartments used to be gas tanks, in use from 1899-1984. When Vienna switched from town gas to natural gas, the Gasometer was no longer needed. After a few miscellaneous uses over the years, the Gasometer was revitalized and re-opened in their current state in 2001. They were designated as historical landmarks in 1978. Interesting looking building worth a visit.
The four gas holders, know as gasometers were built in 1896 as part of the gaswerks at Simmering. After the gasworks were closed down, the four historic towers were renovated and reopened in 2001.