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Art: offener Wettbewerb, Europan 11

Typologie: Städtebau, Sanierung

Ort: Linz Tabakfabrik, Österreich

Jahr: 2012


urban carpet


establishes a new atmospherical environment.

creates a large public space serving as a living room.

absorbs traffic flows of various kinds. 

connects to the surrounding urban fabric.


2 new main elements are implemented on the site.

- a 3-dimensional carpet that serves as a new attractor and center of the site

- a new building completing the block appearance.


the urban carpet serves as a first tool to transform the site of the former tobacco factory to create the condition for a different use and life in the future. the urban carpet is not just the center of the site but also in the center of the city with the historical city center, the danube with its natural park, several museums and the concert hall. also the close position to the highway A7 calls for intensity of use and traffic flow. high diversity of use is being expected. 

the carpet integrates various functions and elements. it serves as a square, a garden, a market place, a playground, links to the new underground tram station, to the parking garage and to the surrounding buildings and close urban fabric. it is the main element of restructuring and relinking the existing structure.



the new building along the Gruberstraße closes the gap of the block and relinks the historical factory buildings of Behrens and Popp. 



the historical identity of the factory site is important for the manifestation of the future. 

the character of the block in the structure of the city reaches to the beginnings of the factory which is found on former river arms. Behrens and Popp reorganised the factory to its circumstancial demands for the production industry of cigarettes and cigars. They proposed several buildings along the perimeters of the block with different heigths and lengths being connected by bridges and lower buildings so that the scale of the exterior facades seemed broken. Each of the buildings was for different purposes. Just the factory building number 1 served as a backbone through its length. The buildings on the western side of the block were not realized and instead being constructed some additional 1 or 2 storey high factory buildings in the 80's. The positioning and the heigth of these buildings destroy the character of the block. The site has no identity on the western side. 

the goal is to give an own identity to the quarter. 



Each building has its own opportunities of use by having very specific characterstics. Therefore each can be used in a different way. Just by the conditions the program of use will be very diverse attracting a broad variety of public and private interests. the new building on the corner with a strong presence to the city center could be used for public interest. it houses a library, parts of the arts university which needs extensions and could be moving away from just the hauptplatz also to the tobacco factory creating some dynamics between these 2 sites. the buildings positioned in the interior of the block and the Ludlgasse in the south could be occupied with more private functions for private users and middle or small scale enterprises. The buildings along the louder Untere Donaulände house a design shop and the administration building of the quarter.


new uses of the existing fabric will be very softly implemented without destroying the generous spatial existence. in the factory number small light weigth elements are implemented serving as gardens and  kitchens. They organise the large continuous space into different zones that can be occupied for various purposes serving as meeting zones, atelie zones, living rooms, working zones, etc. the former magazine buildings number 2 and 3 substand larger remodelations. the openings of the facades will be enlarged and the interior structure will be modified according the uses of a hotel, loft houses and a kindergarden. the appearance of magazine number 3 along the Unter Donaulände will be maintained. The horizontal narrow light slids allow few uses in terms of ilumination. the proposed design shop is an opportunity for meeting between public and what is being produced in the ateliers. the cigar production building number 3 situated along the Untere Donaulände serves for the administration and organisation of the quarter and houses workshops and ateliers.



the existing buildings are all linked by bridges which represent the production process in a linear manner. linearity of production is not to be expected in the future. Just diversity and inspiration by the different users thinking in networks. the parcours integrates the new building as well and links all the users of the building with each others. Besides the carpet the parcours is the second linking element of the quarter.



the first step will be destroying the buildings along the Gruberstraße of the 80's and the additional magazines of '69. after the acheological process of exposing the structure of Behrens and Popp the carpet is being implemented. It serves as a starting point for future developments. Afterwards a competition for the public building is being held so that the site continues its presence in the architectural debate. by opening up the site to the exterior interest from citizens of using the existing factory buildings will be proposed. the public starts intering into the discussion of use for the future according to the demands. the administration of the quarter organises these interests and wishes. the buildings will be equipped with the necessary infrastructures for being prepared for the use. investors will appear as well for showing there future visions of use. 

the administration is the organising organ holding this text and images of the urban carpet proposal in their hands as a first tool of possible future occupation of the tobacco factory LINZ.

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