Innovative design, impressive presentations for the public

Two major projects with Spirit at the 2016 Vienna Design Week


At the Vienna Design Week, the presentations of Rosenbauer’s futuristic high-end Panther airport crash tender as well as the smart OEBB Cityjet generated a great buzz. For the first time, Spirit Design, together with representatives of OEBB (Austrian Railways) and Rosenbauer, provided insights into the development of these two projects as well as interesting background information.

An airport crash tender at Vienna Central Station

Anything but ordinary: the world’s most modern and successful airport crash tender in the heart of the city – this was witnessed by a large number of visitors who had come to the Vienna Design Week at the end of September 2016. At the forecourt of Vienna Central Station the public could experience the full range of power and dynamics of the newly developed high-end emergency vehicle. Not only Design Week visitors but also passers-by had the unique opportunity to experience this airport crash tender at close range. Many of them took the opportunity to take a seat in the cockpit of this impressive vehicle or to receive background information by personally talking to Michael Friedmann and Michael Kaiser of Rosenbauer, as well as to the designers Daniel Huber and Raimund Klausegger of Spirit Design.

After the general viewing of the Panther crash tender, a presentation was given on the future-proof approach of Design Thinking methods at a joint presentation, and insights were provided into its development and complex technology.

New benchmark in local and regional rail travel

The new OEBB Cityjet stands for future-oriented public mobility: modern design, consistent brand architecture and an extremely comfortable interior. OEBB’s new Open Innovation Lab offered an in-depth look at numerous details of a train’s design and development process to those interested in mobility. The keen interest taken in the presentation of the new Cityjet showed that a high level of comfort and modern design in local rail travel are the prerequisite for attracting passengers on a long-term basis.

Accordingly, the visitors were delighted when they were able to take part in a ride on the OEBB Cityjet later on. The destination of the themed tour that started at Vienna Central Station was the OEBB production facility in Jedlersdorf on the outskirts of Vienna. During the ride Klaus Garstenauer, Head of Local and Regional Train Services at OEBB, as well as Daniel Huber and Raimund Klausegger of Spirit Design explained the overall concept of the new local train. At the OEBB assembly facility in Jedlersdorf the visitors then enjoyed fascinating insights into the multi-faceted production procedure of the Cityjet.