Reason to rejoice: The Döbling private clinic has been declared with the klimaaktiv quality mark. MEISSL Architects is responsible for the architecture and interior.

is the Austria-wide initiative of the BMK for active climate protection. The focus is on reducing greenhouse-relevant emissions in the areas of construction and renovation, renewable energy sources, transport and municipalities. The building sector is a central component of the climate protection initiative. In addition to energy efficiency, the klimaaktiv quality label assesses and evaluates the quality of planning and execution, the quality of building materials and construction, and key aspects relating to the comfort and indoor air quality of a building. Only buildings in Austria that meet a particularly high quality in these areas are awarded by klimaaktiv.        

In the case of the Döbling Private Clinic, in addition to energy efficiency, the quality oflocation and execution, the quality of building materials and construction, and key aspects relating to comfort and health were assessed and evaluated.

‍"We understand climate-active construction as the reduction of emissions during construction, operation and in the "end of life" phase. The gold award reflects the high degree of compliance achieved by this project in terms of climate-active construction, and thus makes a contribution to reducing emissions from the provision of fossil fuel-generated energy, which are harmful to the environment," says architect Alexander Meissl. - says architect Alexander Meissl.


The addition to the Privatklink Döbling connects to the existing building on all floors and comprises four above-ground floors and one below-ground floor. The building section runs along Heiligenstädter Straße in a closed construction and is extended in the northern area. In order to ensure the lighting for the extension, atria are cut into the structure at certain points on the side facing away from the street.

Since the maximum cubic capacity is not exhausted, the present concept still offers potential for expansion.

The addition is designed as a solid structure, but the load-bearing system is open. Thus, in addition to the stiffening staircase cores, only the exterior walls and a longitudinal axis have a load-bearing effect. For the facade design, the axis system of the existing house was deliberately adopted and projected onto the new building. However, the staggering of the facade was reinterpreted in this process.

The building visually floats above the massive base clad with dark facade panels. Fine lines, rounded corners and glass blocks are reminiscent of the Bauhaus era. The round windows accentuate and emphasize the clarity of the geometries.