Gross area 16.540 sqm
Gross volume 63.800 cbm
Building costs € 28,1 Mio.
Photography Roland Halbe, Stuttgart
Description Based on a master plan by the architects Norman Foster, Thomas Herzog and Richard Rogers a brand new town for 6.000 inhabitants, which will be powered almost entirely by solar energy, is being established in Linz-Pichling. The highest possible level of compactness, diversity and multipurpose facilities, as well as the development of low-cost municipal housing, also feature in the plans. Gardens for tenants, tranquil areas, children’s playgrounds and spots for communal activities divide up the construction areas and lend them an air of small scale individuality.
Together with a wide access boulevard, the center of this future solar-powered town will form a functional and spatial link between the town’s districts, including various commercial, cultural and general service providers which will be attached as modular elements. A linear supporting frame is being erected in the streets and courtyards to provide transparent roofing. A variety of lighting effects will be created by the use of coated, colored and polished glass, while the roofs of the modules will be used to create solar energy.
The plan is for the central square – a “social magnet” that can be easily reached on foot from all areas – to be the centerpiece of life in the new town.