Izabela Słodka (PL), architect
Xander van Dijk (NL), architect
Based in: Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Project Description by Team: At the heart of Viktringer Vorstadt lies a site in desperate need of structure, a resilient framework for future growth. Conditions uncovered at this location become an outset for revitalisation. They are intensified, allowing them to propagate towards one-another. Where they overlap, originates a properly defined network of open interiors. This found urban fabric, embedded within the site, mediates the various domains at interplay, establishing a new realm for sharing, exchange, and learning. Each domain mediates with its context, while combined they form a catalogue of assorted urban typologies. The site will be a laboratory for domestic prototypes mixed with interdisciplinary education and diverse green public spaces, advancing Klagenfurt as a destination along the Baltic-Adriatic corridor.

Jury Statement: "The project is valued for its comprehensively worked out structure of public spaces and for creating thoughtful continuities. It proposes a flexible logic of agglomeration of the different significant parts, for which the structure of public spaces creates a unifying framework; within this framework each operation can articulate its own autonomy and its own meaning. Some jury members see a weakness in the agglomeration because it doesn’t produce a new coherent structure, while others understand the proposal as an attractive interplay between proactive entities creating a dialogue among themselves and its in-between spaces. Such found, for example, in the cross-programming of micro-production of gardening, food court, kitchen, school and harvest. [...]”

Photos: © Roos Pulskens

Team Statement: "The topic of the Klagenfurt brief fits perfectly into our previous fascinations and expertise, while also posing a new challenge in a new context. We approached the design task as both urban and architectural, tracing relations between the city and typologies for proposed buildings and public spaces. We like that there’s a beautiful ambiguity to the project. Even if it does propose to radically restructure the area, it tries to do so by taking a very sensitive approach to its context, attempting to rebuild it from the qualities and identity that can be locally uncovered today.“