Resselpark was formed in 1862 in front of the “Polytechnical Institute” (now the Vienna University of Technology). The park is named after the monument of Ressel, which stands in front of the institute. was erected in 1862 in front of the entrance of the “Polytechnic Institute”.
In 1894 the regulation of the “Wienfluss” river was finished. Over the years several proposals for the design of the park were made but not realised (see Auböck, Ruland, 1994, 137ff).
In 2006 the Resselpark was redesigned to “Karlsplatz art space” by the landscape architects Cordula Loidl-Reisch and Jakob Fina. It did not come to a complete redesign, but to a meaningful modernization of green areas. The focus lied by visual relationships, the increase in the general sense of security and the contemporary interpretation of the overall facility as well as the single-green areas (see City of Vienna).
- Address : Lothringerstraße
- Area : 2.43
- GPS X : 16.370594501495360000
- GPS Y : 48.199714041325370000
- Project start : 1971
- Project end : 2006
- Implementation start : 1971
- Implementation end : 2006
- Context : Karlsplatz is located in the center of Vienna and a historical point of intersection in Vienna,
surrounded by important public houses
(the Vienna University of Technology, the concert hall, the Kunsthalle art museum, the artists
hall, the museum of the city of Vienna, the Charles's church and the
Secession). Today it accommodates Resselpark, Rosa Mayreder Park, Girardipark and Esperantopark.
- Website : http://
- Project Status : Completed Project
- Client : City of Vienna
- Ownership : Public
- Accessibility : Unrestricted areas
- Notes : Karlsplatz is a huge crossroads for various transport:
Underground lines: U1, U2 and U4
Trams: 1,2,62, 71, D
Each year arround Christmas an arts and crafts Christmas market takes place at the Karlsplatz/Resselpark.
- Brief Description : Karsplatz is closely linked to the life in the city. It is a huge crossroads for various transport (underground, tramway, car traffic). Pedestrians will be sent under the ground in long corridors in the western and northern part of the park to keep the surface free for the car traffic.
The park was adjusted to the environment and the claims of the users by landscaping. The aim of the design was to lead the pedestrian through the place without touching the traffic. The topographical change creates open accesses from the subway to the park. A network of paths takes visitors between green islands and playgrounds through the park. As the park shows a high number of visitors, a lot of benches are placed along the green islands and paths.
The place is designed with various flower-beds, a water basin with a Henry Moore sculpture , play grounds and park areas.
At the redesign in 1971 lots of old trees were preserved and complemented by another 300 trees. Typical city trees such as maple, horse chestnut, lime and plane were planted. The trees should represent a "forested city center" (see City of Vienna).
- Designer : Andersson, Brochmann and Brogaard (1971) & Cordula Loidl-Reisch and Jakob Fina (2006)
- Project Name : Original : Karlsplatz, Resselpark
- Type : Local recreation areas, Local recreation areas
- Image Title : Karlsplatz