E15 Standort Innsbruck

Ergebnis des EUROPAN 15 Wettbewerbs für Innsbruck:



HDA Graz - Palais Thinnfeld
Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz
31.01.2020 – 18.02.2020



Henry LeFroy-Brooks (UK)

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©: EUROPAN Österreich

RUNNER UP: DAS GRÜNE HERZ: Jorge Lopez Sacristan (ES), Javier Ortiz Temprado (ES), Lucia Anderica Recio (ES)

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©: EUROPAN Österreich

Lage Innsbruck

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Europan 15 legt mit dem Thema Productive Cities / Die Produktive Stadt einen besonderen Schwerpunkt auf die Integration produzierender Arbeit in die Standortentwicklung. Der Wettbewerb umfasste 47 Standorte aus 12 verschiedenen europäischen Ländern. Die österreichischen Standorte befanden sich in Graz, Innsbruck, Villach, Weiz und Wien. Insgesamt wurden 901 Projektbeiträge eingereicht, davon 123 Einsendungen für österreichische Standorte.

Wettbewerbsaufgabe für Innsbruck
Innsbruck’s newly elected government has an extremely ambitious plan for the city. Goals are already set for soft mobility, sustainability, densification and reuse, green and open spaces, job preservation and creation, and participation. Everything is geared towards a resilient city with short distances. The E15 site doesn’t just sit within this progressive framework of ideas, it is perfectly located on a central spot in town, where all of the above-mentioned ideas come together at once. Central questions will revolve around a concept for a future Market Hall and a strategy for linking the river with the site. Nothing less than a pioneering vision for lively, open and innovative spaces is required. A multifold of production facilities with strategically-designed synergies should act as a trigger for the whole area. The task at hand is to develop a hybrid of productive scenarios embraced within a pioneering project. Create a sense of place with an iconic concept and make the idea a reality.
Ensuring the cities to be both productive and sustainable, they have to interlink resources, mobilities and conditions of fairness so that to create new dynamics according two aspects: productive milieus and productive uses.
Productive uses
Uses can become productive if they go beyond their own functional limitations: productive uses work as a trigger that can initiate dynamics of change in a way that transforms the surrounding environment. They are a response to a situation in which an absence of dynamics has led to a powerful "use-ambition", the demand for a credible programme, a catalyst for change that fits smoothly into the existing context.

Ergebnis des E15-Standorts Innsbruck
Registrierungen: 43 – Eingereichte Projekte: 33
2 Runner Up

    Andrew McMullan (UK), architect urbanist
    Henry LeFroy-Brooks (UK), architect urbanist
    Based in London, UK
    Jorge Lopez Sacristan (ES), architect
    Javier Ortiz Temprado (ES), architect
    Lucia Anderica Recio (ES), architect
    Carmen Simone (IT), architect
    Based in Madrid, ES  


PRELUDE INTERNATIONAL JURY: After the presentation of the projects, a discussion unfolds, about the topics that seem most important for Innsbruck and that subsequently define the parameters on which the projects should be judged on. Unanimously the jury prioritized the handling of the public space with its integration of uses in order to generate identity and liveliness. The connections both with the river and the hinterland are another important aspect.

    Local commission: The competition entry forsees the partial removal of various structures. For example, opening up the old listed market hall by removing part of the 1960s market hall. The market hall would have an overarching pitched-roof-structure to create additional green spaces and the area where the former multi-storey car park stood would also have added cubic content. A similarly formed new construction would be situated at Innrain 34. The idea of the overarching pitched roof as a strategic design element is repeated in various locations. The use of the proposed ‘roof valleys’ is not entirely convincing although the generosity of the creative gestures is perceived positively. The use of the market square as an event space is credible, especially considering the use of the generous roof space in this respect which would be a great benefit to the marketplace. The illustrated filigree structure was hotly debated. The lively treatment of the theme “the productive city” is warmly welcomed and the possibilities for enhancement within this framework seem evident.
    International jury: The jury appreciates the complexity in terms of program and its linkage to space. The proposal is explicit on built form and uses architectural elements to strengthen the identification of the place. In suggesting different types of spatial areas (roof valley, covered/open square, pop-up boxes) and working with the 3rd dimension, it offers connections between public architecture and open space in various ways, which is well received by the jury. The market square is rated interesting, as it is not a known solution that can already be found anywhere. A subtle intervention, the roof, seems especially helpful for different types of events and is geared again towards programmatic densification. The tilted square is seen critically, though, as the elevated view does not seem to add the intended value to the space and is unsuitable for bigger events. The programming of the productive uses is controversially debated: on the one hand the uses are still strongly linked to the concept of the market, which is considered positive, on the other hand the theme of ‘well-being’ is highly questioned. Some members of the jury see high-end uses linked to these functions. However, its dealing with the existing canteen and therefore its connection with the university is again found interesting and enriching. Even so, the jury recommends a much-needed evaluation of the topic of well-being, the project offers some other activities that are not present at the moment.
    In general, the jury commends the complexity of the project, which fosters the densification of uses and gives valuable answers on how the implications for public spaces could unfold. The jury proposes the project as a runner-up and recommends further exploration of the ideas in a workshop with the city of Innsbruck and the site owner. In addition, it strongly recommends a dialogue with the project THE GREEN HEART.
    Local commission: The project comprises of a careful approach to the existing constructions. A variety of selective and programmatic interventions show a possible way of dealing with the existing. In order to make existing buildings more attractive, new facades and the installation of a green layer are proposed. The project is appreciated as very rich in content and comprehensively considered. Various typologies are explored in great detail. The reinforcement of the permeability and the network of connections from the Innrain to the Innufer are rated positively. A well-structured link to the university campus in the southern section is unfortunately missing. The structures for the new facades and their expression are regarded as positive and attractive. The development of additional squares and other public spaces as well as the inclusion of green spaces is seen praiseworthy, however, the construction which sets the boundary at the junction of Innrain and Marktgraben is open to question. The project is marked by its considerable clarity and is assessed as extremely viable.
    International jury: The jury considers the project unanimously as a very serious contribution that offers a detailed plan with a particular spreadsheet. The proposal blends into the existing context and shows an integral approach, working with the existing urban fabric. The restructuring of the urban spatial system is done in a subtle way, thereby linking various spaces well with program. An analysis of current uses, which should act like “seeds” for future functions, anchors the new proposal and densifies the uses. The jury appreciates the focus on the relation of the programming to the space.
    The uncluttering of the market square is appreciated, however introducing the linear element of a pergola is considered a ‘romantic’ act to frame the square. This element in particular doesn’t correspond with the urban language of Innsbruck and prohibits the street axis overlooking the river.
    In general, the project could have been tackled with more rigour. The jury is confident though, that with a step further in development this could be achieved. It therefore proposes the project as a runner-up and recommends further exploration of the ideas in a workshop with the city of Innsbruck and the site owner. In addition, it strongly recommends a dialogue with the project HAPPY VALLEY.

Weitere Jurystatements im Downloadbereich rechts.

JURY E15, Hemma Fasch (AT), President

  • Kristiaan Borrett (BE), Bouwmeester maître architecte” of Brussels-Capital Region
  • Claudia Nutz (AT), Regional Planner; Executive Consultant
  • Hemma Fasch (AT), Architect, Principal of fasch&fuchs.Architects
  • Bart Lootsma (NL), Professor and Head of the Institute for Architectural Theory, History and Heritage Preservation at the University of Innsbruck
  • Kamiel Klaasse (NL), Architect, Principal of NL Architects, Amsterdam
  • Blaz Babnik Romanuik (SL) – Substitute Anne Lacaton, Architect, Winner E13 Wien-Kagraner Platz
  • Verena Konrad (AT), Director of the VAI-Vorarlberger Architektur Institut


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