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  • 18.10.2017
  • Karin Klier
  • Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V
  • Offset
About Post am Rochus

In 2011 Austrian Post decided to abandon the company's headquarters in the Postgasse in Vienna's 1st district, and to set up a new head office. Now, in autumn 2017, the building work is complete and the “Post am Rochus” is to open. The commemorative stamp shows the new company headquarters as seen from the Rochusmarkt.Since the founding of the Postal and Telegraph Administration in 1866, this has been located in the Innere Stadt city centre district of Vienna in the former Barbara Foundation building. Following the decision to move into a new main building, the company's headquarters temporarily moved to Haidingergase in the 3rd district. The new headquarters was to be built in the city centre district on a property near the Rochusmarkt owned by Austrian Post. The design was selected in an EU-wide competition for the submission of ideas, with the winning design ultimately being that of Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH in collaboration with feld72 architekten zt gmbH. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Post am Rochus was held on 13th April 2015 between Erdbergstraße, Grete-Jost-Park and Rasumofskygasse.With a total area of around 49,000 square metres, the new eight-storey building at the heart of the 3rd district will provide workspaces for around 1,100 Austrian Post AG employees. More than 5,000 square meters of commercial space housing around 20 shops over several floors will also make the Post am Rochus a shopping, service provision and gastronomic centre with a wide-range. And it goes without saying that it will include a branch of the post office and BAWAG P.S.K. In selecting the partners for shops the focus will be on local, primarily Austrian companies or Austrian operators. Parking spaces for cars and bicycles, as well as the connection to the Rochusgasse underground station will ensure easy access. The two architectural companies responsible for the planning explain: “The Post am Rochus should be a place to meet up. It should not be a closed object, but a penetrable element of urban life in the local area” The newly built Austrian Post headquarters is intended to give a significant economic boost to the up and coming district around the Rochusmarkt. A listed Art Deco façade in Rasumofskygasse was incorporated into the new building. The shopping and restaurant areas link the neighbouring Grete-Jost Park directly to the Rochusmarkt, with the park also being revitalised and upgraded to an inner-city recreational area. The decision to go for a city centre location rather than a “green-field” location is explained by the Director General of Austrian Post DI Dr. Georg Pölzl in terms of the company's standards: “Naturally erecting a building in the centre of a city is somewhat more complex, but it reflects our commitment to proximity to our customers. As the Austrian Post AG mission statement says: reliable, confidential and personal.”