Vienna Gasometers

The four “Vienna gasometers” or “Vienna gas-holders” used to be a large container where gas was stored near normal pressure and temperature. The four gas holders were built in 1896 as part of the gaswerks at Simmering. The gasometer was used for balancing purposes (making sure gas pipes operate within a safe range of pressures) rather than for actually storing gas for later use.

Gas is nowadays stored in large underground reservoirs. The term ‘gasometer’, was originally coined by William Murdoch, the inventor of gas lighting, in the early 1800s.

Here’s a picture of the Vienna gasometer, taken in 1915.


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After the gasworks were closed down, the four historic towers were renovated and reopened in 2001.


2 Comments so far

  1. KazMac (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Hi Grenz, I like the way that the Gasometers have been revamped into a leisure and shopping complex. It makes them rather unique. I visited them in 2002, very interesting…..especially the wonky apartment block at the side [My friends couldnt believe what they saw on the photo!]

  2. nex (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    trivia: the gasometer feature prominently in the james bond movie “the living daylights” (“der hauch des todes”).

    ‘gasometer’ is an anagram for ‘megastore’.

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