LainzerLines Europan Competition
LAINZERLINES was designed to boost the pulse of the Hieznig calm residential area. It interlinks the existing urban tissue offering the way to bind broken connections. LAINZERLINES treats the connection of the railway line, tram line, and surrounding roads at a relatively narrow surface as a positive connection not as a problem. It becomes a cumulative point of sustainable mobility orchestrating different movements and their speed. Heterogeneous content of base mixed with residential areas of different kinds stimulates activity as a key factor for improving the public space. Neutral orientation of the base affirms the approach from all key directions. Color coding gives identity to the surrounding homogeneous area and becomes a starting/ending point for different kinds of transportation (biking, „segwaying“, driving, „training“ or walking).
Surrounding area small scale was respected by placing micro ambients that divide/connect the surface of the base offering pleasant scenarios for different users. Railway tracks were kept close to save space and to avoid unnecessary infrastructural costs so the station platforms stand on the outside of the lines. Connection of the north and south „bank“ of the railway is designed by denting the base and creating a wide underpass that becomes a busy square that connects all the public content on level -1. Public spaces encourage interconnections of elderly and young providing a wide range of services (like fitness, health center, small shops and workshops, restaurants…) The fields of use embed various activities and use reintegrating the elderly into daily urban life.
Buildings are placed on both sides of the railway tracks, residential on the north and the Ambulance center on the south. Building volumes emerge from the base by spreading it and making a place for the green zones that create buffer zones to the surrounding public areas. They are connected with the base to open public contents and with a LAINZERLINES surface.