Lorenzo Maritan (IT), architect
Tommaso Barni (IT), architect
Luca Lagorio (IT), architect
Maximilian Holl (AT), architect
Mattia Mauri (IT), 3D-designer
Based in: Oleggio, ITALY
Project Description by Team: During a historical moment that has experienced dramatical environmental transformations and lack of economical stability, the traditional highly consuming city has to be left for a “living city”, a new disruptive model of urbanity.
The stage in which Klagenfurt will be able to perform will raise awareness on these topics, hence, the site bears the potential of being not just the urban door of the city, but also a model for future developments. The name of the project, Demetra, enhances the capacity of nature to stretch, change, evolve, mute according to the surrounding context, as a living being. In the same way, our project is capable of extending or retracting in order to match the current needs of Klagenfurt and its citizens, in a symbiotic dichotomy between city and nature.
Photo: © Team Demetra
Team Statement: "We are a group of friends. This was the first competition experience after graduation, so we decided to participate in Europan because, in the past editions, it always had innovative and exciting themes among the proposals. We decided to start this great adventure at a distance to experiment new methods of work and design. In fact, we worked in three European cities, Milan, Vienna, and Berlin. The Klagenfurt site was a place of experimentation to think about a new neighbourhood connected to the history of the city and open to future development. We thought of designing a link that would work as a driving force for the whole city."