The four historical Gasometers originally housed the tanks for the gas supply of Vienna. After the closure of these Gasometers the interior elements were dismantled, leaving the classical facades. The specific location of these Gasometers within an industrial site as well as the unusual character of the resulting spaces led to the Gasometers often being used for diverse cultural activities.
The location of the project presents a special opportunity to develop the urban fabric of Vienna by means of various alterations of the transportation system, such as the extension of the U3 subway and the construction of the North-East Highway
In addition to COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, three other architectural teams are working out new living opportunities to be realized in the remaining Gasometers. An Entertainment Center and Shopping Mall are also integrated into the complex, making it into a new city center.