Whatever the case, it is planned to create a good connection between the new extension and Schubertplatz (and consequently to the pedestrian zone). Building a front stairs over the transformer station (on the Osterwiese site) is intended as the town council’s contribution to improving urban circulation. Here an efficient symbiosis is achieved between an overall upgrading in urban planning terms and providing a good connection to the Cultural Centre for visitors who park their cars on the Osterwiese.
The attractiveness of this route is further heightened by the fact that, along almost its entire length, pedestrians have a view inside the Landesgalerie (where the nature of exhibits makes this possible).
On the side facing onto Schubertplatz a U-shaped, courtyard-like area cut out of the two uppermost floors of the building responds to the way the neighbouring buildings are grouped in clusters around courtyard-shaped, indented open spaces. These indentations, transformed in scale, are encountered again in the foyer in the layout of the cloakrooms, the ticket desks and the bookshop, and on the upper floor in the area of the new bar and the adjoining seminar rooms.
On the lower floors the new continuous glass front of vertical louvers forms the main façade onto Schubertplatz, where the public character of the building is clearly expressed. The public square flows inside the building, making it a part of public space, while for viewers from outside the foyer is revealed as a place of social interaction.
A new bridge developed out of this façade uses the existing spatial and structural linking points. In contrast to the existing bridge the new element widens like a funnel towards the foyer on the upper floor.
Below this bridge, analogous to the existing fabric, the new main entrance is conceived in the form of a covered area.
Project Location: Eisenstadt (AT)
Function: Culture Congress Centre
Client: BELIG Beteiligungs- und Liegenschafts GmbH
Scope: Designer with responsibility for all design services
Project Team: Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH:
Barbara Aull (Project leader)
Start of Design: 2009
Start of Construction: Nov 2010
Completion: Nov 2012
Site Area: 3,296.24 m²
Floor Area: 9,534.41 m²
Built-up Area: 2,992.35 m²
Cubage: 57,997.77 m³
Aluminium Architektur Preis 2014
Nomination Bauherrenpreis 2013
Photos: Roland Halbe, Stuttgart
Structural Design: DI Harald WEISS
Building Services: DIE HAUSTECHNIKER Technisches Büro GmbH
Lighting Design: Vedder Lichtmanagement, Munich
Cost Calculations: DI Markus WEINER
Building Physics: DI Walter Prause, Wien
Structural Fire Protection: Norbert Rabl Ziviltechniker GmbH, Graz
Surveying: DI Helmut Jobst und DI Markus Jobst Ges.b.R., Eisenstadt
Geotechnics: 3P Geotechnik ZT GmbH, Vienna
Water Engineering: IBW Ingenieurbüro Walcher GmbH, Eisenstadt
Traffic Engineering: Ingenieurbüro DI Christian Grubits, Eisenstadt
Façade Technology: MDE Metal Design Engineering GmbH, Vöcklabruck
Gastronomy: Küchensystem Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, Vienna
Bidding: Architekt Mag. Johann Schandl ZT-GesmbH, Eisenstadt
Site Supervision: Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbH, Eisenstadt
Vasko + Partner Ingenieure, Vienna
General Contractor: ALPINE Bau GmbH, Zweigniederlassung Burgenland