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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Creative & Sustainable Street Design

Good day to everyone :) It has been a very busy week again with deadlines and intense submittions. During all the haze i managed to find some inspirational street design for public open spaces. This designer has created a very organic sustainable approach to public spaces that i find very intersting as the exterior of our lives do not always have to be normal, why not have designer looking elements around us all the time while conserving our enviroment!

The goal of the intervention at Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz (Landhausplatz) was to create a contemporary urban public space that negotiates between the various contradictory conditions and constraints of the site and establishes a stage for a new urban activities characterised by a wide range of diversity. The realised project consists of a 9.000 square meter undulating concrete floor sculpture surface that was done by an Austian design Studio LAAC Architects and Stietel Kramer Architecture.

The Platz square retains the site’s four monuments with the addition of new trees, benches, lighting, a fountain and drinking fountains.

The huge concrete slabs swell upwards to frame these elements, with textured surfaces giving way to a smooth polished surface.

Water is allowed to drain away through the gaps between the slabs and is absorbed on site. Before the transformation took place, the square’s atmosphere and spatial appearance was dominated by the facing facade of the Tyrolean provincial governmental building from the period of National Socialism, and by a large scale memorial that looks like a fascist monument – which in fact and in spite of its visual appearance is a freedom monument that shall commemorate the resistance against, and the liberation from National Socialism. The intervention aims to compensate for existing misconceptions and to reinforce the monument’s historical significance. The new topography of the square offers a contemporary and transformative base for the memorials and makes them accessible with a new perception.

The Platz has been transformed into a urban scuplture through its city context and its finish in concrete.

The surface of the square is designed in modulated slabs that have been cast in-situ
from concrete and joined by bolts that deal with shearing forces. Drainage of the whole square including the fountains are located at the open joints between the individual fields so that there is no drainage pit visible on the whole site. An innovative buffer system helps to accomodate the drainage design.

Hope you found the article as interesting as myself. Good luck and happy designing to all :)