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UNIVERSITY SALZBURG NONNTAL


Competition, 4th prize 2002


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Salzburg
Austria
Competition
Completed
2002
Research laboratories, offices, lecture halls, seminar rooms
51.000 sqm
Stadtgemeinde Salzburg
Dietmar Leyk with Petra Wollenberg, Thomas von Pufendorf, Torsten Richter, Max Zinnecker
ShortCut, Berlin

Two open space belts running in a north-south direction connecting the old town and the Freisaal landscape area. They link the neighbouring districts and establish a network of new urban relationships. One belt contains university research buildings and sports facilities, the other belt the new green space. Our proposal interprets the well-known identity of the outer Nonntal with its historically open spatial character "of scattered houses and country estates" in a contemporary way. The area is accompanied by the new green space in the west and a new avenue with trees and generous paths in the east. Both continue paths that come from the southern landscape area, via Karl-Weiser-Platz, into the old town. At the outermost interface, at the end and beginning of the Nonntal, the open configuration of the architecture reinforces the existing, unique reciprocal relationship between city and landscape by defining but not enclosing spaces. At the end of the urban and the beginning of the landscape, it constitutes a quality of urban space that makes this relationship perceptible in everyday urban coexistence and in its morphological development.