From the Orient Express to the “Wolkenspange” building: GEZE door comfort with style in the modernised Vienna West Station


Since Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West Station) was modernised, the "Wolkenspange" building has been its distinguishing feature. BahnhofCity Wien West also includes a hotel, a shopping centre and an office block. The building parts are connected by a framework structure made of steel girders (known as the "Wolkenspange" [Buckle in the clouds]). The architectural statement of Viennese architects Neumann & Steiner weighs over 430 tonnes, and stands out from the large, bright and renovated station concourse, which dates back to the 1950s.

Anyone crossing the station concourse today, heading past the shops to the platforms, will find it hard to imagine how much nostalgia is hidden there. When it opened in 1858, the Empress Elisabeth Station - as it was known - was the central transport hub to western, southern and south-eastern Europe. The route taken by Railjets today was previously that of the Orient Express, which brought glamour to Vienna. The conclusion of the international history of the legendary Paris - Istanbul line, which started in 1883 with the Orient Express and ended in 2009, did not stop the station from developing. It is now a hub for regional connections, and traffic management and travel comfort have been steadily improved.

Outside view of modernised Vienna West Station. Photo: Sigrid Rauchdobler for GEZE GmbH

Passenger comfort thanks to GEZE automatic door comfort
In the modern travel complex, around thirty automatic sliding doors with drives from the Slimdrive range are in use. Whether they are façade doors in the wide and high entrances to the station concourse, on the shopping levels, in the hotel or the office block, Slimdrive sliding door systems ensure optical reduction. At just seven centimetres high, the drive systems have been discreetly integrated into the façade and interior areas. Generous passage clearance, slim door profiles and Slimdrive SL NT-FR sliding door systems in the emergency exit design ensure barrier-free ease of access, emergency exit protection, brightness and transparency. In the case of more restricted door opening widths on an emergency exit route, maximum possible opening widths were achieved thanks to 4-leaf automatic telescopic doors with Slimdrive SLT-FR drive variants. The "stacking" of the door leaves is not a problem with this solution.

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