Leonard Ma (CA), architect
Larissa Franz (DE), urban planner
Marius Savickas (LT), architect
Carmen Lee (CA), architect
Sean Tyler (GB), urban planner
Based in: Helsinki, FINLAND
Project Description by Team: As Klagenfurt is embedded into new mobility networks it is offered a distinct opportunity to reimagine the future of the European mid-sized city. With its strong educational network and existing resources, Klagenfurt can situate itself as a post-commuter city by creating new places for meeting and working along the high speed rail network. Campus introduces a specific architectural device, the cloistered garden that establishes an urban form of overlapping, learning, working and living typologies, to create a specific social constituency defined by learning. The project aims to create a porous network of public realms that opens up the traditionally closed structure of the city block while following the compact scale of Klagenfurt’s historic city centre.
Photo: © Public office
Team Statement: "The prominence of the project site in Klagenfurt and its proximity to newly developing mobility networks offered us a chance to reimagine the future of the mid-sized European City. We saw the opportunity to imagine a post-commuter city with new places for working and meeting that is not only driven by the forces of real estate speculation. The project explores a specific architectural device, the cloistered garden, to create a porous network of public realms that opens up the traditionally closed character of the courtyard block. Our project introduces overlapping layers of public spaces with different stakeholders, ownership models and programmes, that creates a social constituency defined by learning."