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info-point linz09

2008 linz

the design for the infopoint central information office is based on three main themes

the extant physical structure:

separating the actual façade and the main square was a solid, continuous stone wall like a barricade keeping visitors at bay; a wooden structure of steps devoid ...more

the design for the infopoint central information office is based on three main themes

the extant physical structure:

separating the actual façade and the main square was a solid, continuous stone wall like a barricade keeping visitors at bay; a wooden structure of steps devoid of handrails and other distracting features was built onto the front of this wall, in this way neutralizing the implied barrier and encouraging the visitor to walk over or lounge on the artificial landscape.

the material used for this landscape extends through the thermal façade (whereby in the portals the windows, which were originally made of small panes of glass, have been replaced by large glazed surfaces that employ as few framing members as possible). this creates a kind of interior landscape of presentation stands and counters – a uniform element running through the interior and exterior. the bright lighting of the interior space makes the actual façade recede even more into the background. the main square extends into the info zone, while at the same time the info zone flows out onto the main square.

the pattern:

“linz ist provinz” – it’s a catchy phrase, and it’s true too: linz is unmistakably provincial. and one thing that definitely won’t work is for linz to try to present itself as urban and “chic.” our design involves a tongue-in-cheek reference to regionalism and a welcoming gesture wrapped into one: the red-and-white checkered tablecloth as a symbol of hospitality. the visitor is confronted with only this enormous tablecloth; there is no other information inscribed on billboards, banners, or building façades – the infopoint information office should be self-explanatory…

fotocredits / fotograf - hertha hurnaus

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