BUILDING AS A DISGUISED "KUNSTBAU"
[Kunstbau are structures which serve as a means of route-specific guidance along the primary road network. These structures include highway embankment dams, and artificial embankments surrounding the highway]
Intensification of the context, in particular the speed of the A1, and the integration of the structure into the existing terrain, creates a dynamic landscape. Indendations create highlights in the roof, allowing it to act as a visible landmark to the site.
The compact organization of the system optimizes circulation, and allows for dense entanglement of the various subregions.
Specific spaital arrangement and alignment of services is required, especially in occupied spaces.
The program has been divided onto two floors. Administrative, service and office space, and changing rooms are arranged on the upper floor, while below are garages, workshops and storage areas. All functional spaces, such as salt storage, car mainentance, garages, workshops and storage areas, are aligned.
The compact design allows cost-effective operation, creating functionally-meaningful connections between the building premises and interior halls.
The relationships between the different areas (grit storage, service area, fueling stations, parking, etc.) as well as daily operations spaces are organized vertically.
Through the application of this form there is a reversal in the final flow of vehicular traffic, making turning or backing up unecessary.
The compression of the system and the positioning of the building to the east of the site provides a generous oppurtunity for extension.
The skin, an efficient steel and concrete construction, and the adjacent vegetation are intertwined with the asphalt road surfaces, the reinforced concrete of the shell, and glass ribbons which allow for natural lighting.
Kathrin Aste, Frank Ludin, Thomas Feuerstein, Peter Griebel, Marc Ihle, Daniel Luckeneder