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along the sill - from "tivoli” to the "lodenareal”

From the "Am Tivoli” district to the residential quarter at the Sill-Inn estuary – between the Olympia Bridge and the Tiflis Bridge – things have changed quite a bit in the past years. The tour starts in the new city district featuring residential housing, shops, offices, a senior citizens’ home, a nursery school, a youth center and a hotel that arose on the grounds of the former Tivoli Stadium from 2005 onwards. Passing older architectonic "treasures” such as the Tivoli Outdoor Swimming Pool or the Municipal Indoor Swimming Pool, the tour leads to several large projects such as the Headline, the Sillpark Shopping Mall, the Sill Island, the Bürgergarten or the Messe Innsbruck. From the Sill Bridge in Pradl – flanked by an MPREIS supermarket and the Sillblock housing complex – the path goes further on the other side of the Sill to a new residential district, which emerged between Reichenauerstraße and the mouth of the Sill with the Olympic Village 2012 and the Lodenareal housing complex.

A tour realized with the friendly support of NEUE HEIMAT TIROL

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a tour to 30 buildings
01

Olympia Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

Olympiastraße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Anton Widauer (2005-2006) Builder-owner: Land Tirol, Stadt Innsbruck

The pedestrian and bicycle bridge, a four-field steel composite structure running next to the four-lane "Olympia Bridge,” spans 250 meters over the railroad tracks of Innsbruck’s Main Railway Station and the Sill River. Blinding out the car traffic, the 300-meter-long parapet beam bends as a dynamically formed separator element from east to west. A large-scale exposed concrete beam breaks away from the terrain in the east and shows the stairs.

© Günter R. Wett
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Sankt-Bartlmä-Brücke/St. Barthelemy Bridge

Sillufer, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Hans Peter Gruber (2014-2015) Builder-owner: Brenner Basistunnel BBT SE

Directly next to the Olympia Bridge, the small bridge temporarily opens up a construction site for the Brenner Base Tunnel and, once the construction work has been completed, will relieve the Sill River bank of heavy traffic as a direct connection between the Südring and the St. Bartlmä commercial zone. The simple and elegant bridge is designed as an integral bridge, a concept in which the abutment and the span merge into a coherent whole.

© Markus Bstieler
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Housing Construction "Leben am Tivoli 1” and "Office am Tivoli”

Josef-Thoman-Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Bruno-Michael Schwamberger (2006-2008) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol, ZIMA Open to the public: Partially (shops, semi-public courtyards) Planned in the competition as a monolithic, solitary high-rise, the "Office am Tivoli” had to be revised several times and reduced in height and was ultimately finalized by ATP as the general planner.

On the 70,000 m2 area of the former Tivoli Stadium a new city district arose from 2005 onwards with over 400 apartments, shops, offices, a senior citizens’ home, a nursery school and a youth center, a hotel, as well as numerous green areas and open spaces. In order to maintain as diverse and lively a district as possible, an individual architecture competition for each building was tendered. The first stage of construction, executed by Bruno Schwamberger, lies in the southeast part of the grounds directly on the South Ring Road and consists of a perimeter block development with apartments that are capped off in the east with the "Office am Tivoli”.

© Bruno Schwamberger
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Housing Construction "Leben am Tivoli 2”

Olympiastraße 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Manzl Ritsch Sandner (2006-2008) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol, ZIMA Open to the public: Partially (shops, semi-public courtyards) Urban development key project and Component 3 by Greulich/Dubokovic Architekten (Darmstadt)

On the southwest corner of the inner city expansion area "Am Tivoli”, Manzl Ritsch Sandner executed a residential building with shop zones on the ground floor area. In contrast to the other buildings, the perimeter block development concept predetermined in the urban development key project is circumferentially carried out here on the ground floor only and is resolved in a building angle and a "corner cube” on the upper stories. Located in the center is a raised plaza, facing the west, which is consciously designed in an urban fashion.

© Pia Sandner
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Housing Construction "Leben am Tivoli 4”

Adele-Obermayr-Straße 2-12, Josef-Thomann Straße 1-5, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Architekturhalle Wulz-König (2006-2007) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol, ZIMA Open to the public: Partially (semi-public courtyards)

Executed by Architekturhalle Wulz-König, Component 4 is a reinterpretation of the perimeter block development arising from the natural slope of the construction site. The base of the building incised into the west of the slope is opened towards the northeast, corresponding to the incline. Lying above the base, the five to seven residential stories are distinctly raised from the streetscape. Broad recesses break through the perimeter block development in two places and afford lateral views to the south and west.

© Angelo Kaunat
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Senior Citizens’ Residential Home Tivoli

Adele Obermayer Straße 14, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Noldin & Noldin (2006-2007) Builder-owner: stadtBAU Open to the public: partially The residential home received a recognition award at the BTV Builders’ Awards for Tyrol and Vorarlberg in 2010.

A senior citizens’ residential home is located at a central point of the inner city expansion area "Am Tivoli”. The residential floors are arranged around an inner courtyard and placed onto a recessed base story where the public facilities are housed. Despite the compactness and the required, compartmentalized structure, the clear architectural language of the cubic building conveys a generous sense of space.

© Noldin und Noldin Architekten
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Nursery School and Youth Center "Am Tivoli”

Olympiastraße 33, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten (2007-2008) Builder-owner: IIG The nursery school and youth center received a recognition award at the 2010 BTV Builders’ Awards for Tyrol and Vorarlberg.

Starting from the privileged location of the plot as a part of the large, green "Tivoli Lung”, Helmut Reitter carried out a permeable development according to the basic principle of "Pavilions in the Park”. The elongated structure of the "House of Children” and its counterpart, the compact cube of the "Youth Center”, offer the children and young adults spaces that create diverse visual bonds to each other, with the public park and the senior citizens’ home opposite of it.

© Günter R. Wett
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Schwimmbad Tivoli (Outdoor Swimming Pool)

Purtschellerstraße 1, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Norbert Heltschl (1961) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck Open to the public: during the opening times between the beginning of May to mid-September (entrance fee). The facility was repeatedly changed over the years; particularly the exposed concrete was partially painted over.

Norbert Heltschl counts among the few architects in Tyrol who were able to keep up with the international development after the Second World War. Erected by him from 1957-61, the Tivoli Outdoor Swimming Pool remains an outstanding example of timeless leisure architecture. From the swimming pool to the stands to the distinctively sculptural diving tower, he consequently utilized smooth exposed concrete. In the sense of a total work of art consisting of architecture, painting and sculpture, water-themed sculptures are spread throughout the whole area and are still used to today as drinking fountains or climbing devices.

© Teresa Stillebacher
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ILL - Integrierte Landesleitstelle Tirol (Emergency Services Headquarter and Control Centre)

Hunoldstraße 17a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo, Schlögl & Süß Architekten (2005-2007) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: no In 2007 the ILL was awarded the BTV-Building-Owner Award and in 2008 a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings”.

All emergency calls in the region are to – or should – arrive here, and the ILL Centre then coordinates the necessary efforts of the various bodies of assistance, firefighters, ambulance services and the like. The design of the centre strives to underline this highly important function. Four concrete panels, and a central staircase, balance a sweeping and hovering oblong structure, stretching over an impressive span, which gives the firefighters’ vehicles enough room below to move in and out of their garages and, at the same time, creates a "roofed-in” exterior space.

© Nikolaus Schletterer
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Oscar kocht

Defreggerstraße 21, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Christian Dummer, Teresa Stillebacher (2014) Builder-owner: Oscar Germes-Castro Open to the public: Tues. to Sat. during opening hours Accessibility: Go east from the city center along Amraserstraße to Pradl. Innsbruck’s perhaps smallest restaurant – reservations are recommended.

A tiny restaurant in which – pursuant to the builder’s operational concept – all eight guests come together at one table was set up in a small shop formerly inhabited by a watchmaker. The building stock was freed of all fixtures and old layers of paint were exposed and integrated into the new design concept. The main element of the very reserved transformation is a white-lacquered steel sheet structure that extends from the street into the interior and becomes a cooking bar and bench for those waiting.

© Günter R. Wett
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Städtisches Hallenbad (Municipal Indoor Pool)

Amraser Straße 3, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Friedrich Konzert (1928) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck Open to the public: during opening hours (entrance fee). In 2014, the roof construction of the indoor swimming pool was completely replaced, the original false ceiling with its numerous stucco elements recreated and the original coloring of the interior reconstructed.

The listed indoor pool was erected in the interwar years according to the plans of the City Building Director Friedrich Konzert, who, among other things, also planned the municipal steam baths in Salurnerstraße. It is characterized, on the one hand, by the functional composition of the structures, which is clearly legible from the outside. On the other hand, many allusions to Secessionism can still be found in the details. The heart of the swimming pool is the two-story hall, which features large windows on three sides and an encircling gallery.

© aut
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bilding. Art and Architecture School for Children and Young People

Amraserstraße 5a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Studierende des ./studio3, aut. architektur und tirol (2015) Builder-owner: bilding. Kunst- und Architekturschule für Kinder und Jugendliche Accessibility: In Rapoldipark, behind the municipal indoor pool In addition to the ongoing semester program, bilding frequently offers workshops.

bilding received its own house, planned and built by students at the University of Innsbruck, in Innsbruck’s Rapoldipark. The pavilion-like workshop building not only provides children and young people with an optimal offer of space, but also enriches the park with its unique architecture. Terraces placed in front of the building and floor-to-ceiling glass fronts connect the contoured structure with the surroundings. Slanted floors and walls on the inside form a flowing continuum of spaces with different atmospheres.

© Günter Richard Wett
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Sillinsel (Housing Complex Sill Island)

König Laurin-Allee, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo (2013-2014) Builder-owner: P&R Verwaltungs GmbH Open to the public: partially (public and semi-public areas) Along the Sill lies a public promenade that extends to the Rapoldi Park located on the other bank.

The Sill Island is a place with a unique urban situation in Innsbruck, in the middle of a water and park landscape. A high-quality housing complex, which – according to the idea of stacked city villas – is to offer an alternative to the single-family house, was built where the factory of the Herrburger & Rhomberg Spinning Mill originally stood. Parallel to the Sill Canal, arranged in a row and spread over six structures, two- to three-story units are respectively piled on top of each other in such a way that the detached house character remains legible and a high degree of permeability is assured.

© obermoser arch-omo
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"Sillpark" Shopping Center – Expansion

Museumstraße 38, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: ATP architekten ingenieure (2006-2007) Builder-owner: ISP Leasing GmbH Open to the public: during shop opening hours

Erected in the late 1980s by ATP on the grounds of the former Rhomberg textile factory, "Sillpark” is Innsbruck’s largest inner city shopping center. The expansion, which resulted from a competition, supplements the postmodern stock with a four-story, monolithic annex and a newly designed plaza space facing the inner city. In the building’s interior, an inner space opened over two stories is traversed by a roof made of partially printed, partially satined glass that brings a rich variety of true light into the mall.

© Günter R. Wett
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Urban Hybrid P2 | Innsbruck City Library

Amraserstraße 2-4, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: LAAC (2012-2018) Builder-owner: PEMA Immobilien GmbH Open to the public: Partially Tip: Exhibitions regularly take place at the Galerie Plattform 6020 and the Raum für Stadtentwicklung.

As the end result of an invited architecture competition, the multi-functional P2 building connects private and public interests as an urban hybrid. The pointed, almost 50-meter-high tower contains apartments, and the two-story base building provides space for the Innsbruck City Library, which features several reading zones and an event hall. In between, there is a public space designed as a reading deck, accessible via two flights of stairs, which invites visitors to linger without any pressure to consume.

© Marc Lins
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Headline

Bruneckerstraße 1-3, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Henke Schreieck Architekten (2011-2012) Builder-owner: Bruneckerstraße Ost GmbH, PEMA Immobilien GmbH Open to the public: partially TIP: Enjoy the 360° panorama on the publicly accessible viewing terrace.

The centerpiece of the multifunctional building complex planned by henke und schreieck Architekten for PEMA Holding is a 49-meter tower with a design hotel, restaurant and publically accessible scenic terrace. Attached to this tower, which characterizes the cityscape, is a five-story, slightly pitched structure that provides tenants with well-lit spaces by means of generous courtyards and atria.

© henke und schreieck Architekten
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Bürgergarten – Health and Social Centre

Ing. Etzelstraße 5-17, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo (2006-2009) Builder-owner: BOE Baumanagement GmbH Open to the public: partially

The development of the former "Bürgerlichen Brauhaus” area consists of a bipartite outer edge construction on the Ing.-Etzel-Straße, an "education tower” to the west of this for the BFI (institute for further advanced vocational training) and behind each other, two "town blocks” with service zones for the insurance companies on the ground floor. In addition to this there are office spaces and flats on the upper floors. Despite the size of the project, various materials, differing facades and the design of the open space, all played a part in the creation of the heterogeneous urban accommodation.

© Henning Koepke
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Bogen 13 Jazz Bar

Ing.-Etzel-Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Wolfgang Pöschl, Reinhardt Honold (1985) Builder-owner: Hans Zifreind Open to the public: during the bar opening times TIP: Located in the arches No. 18-20 is the p.m.k. As a platform of over 30 cultural organizations, it is one of the important cultural institutions in Innsbruck.

The railway line of the Austrian Federal Railways runs approximately parallel to the Sill on the middle of a railroad viaduct built in the mid-19th century. Bars and clubs populate the mostly converted viaduct arches which make up the Innsbruck party mile "Bögen” ("Arches”). The jazz bar "Bogen 13”, with which Reinhardt Honold and Wolfgang Pöschl ushered in "Deconstructivism” in Tyrol in 1985, long before this was propagated as a "style”, stood at the beginning of this development. In an apparent chaos of materials and forms, elements such as lattice beams, profiles, steel mesh and corrugated sheet panels that correspond to the location are inserted; everything is raw, visually stilted and playfully staged.

© B&R
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Extension and Conversion of the Messe Innsbruck

Kapuzinergasse 11, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten, Bechter Zaffignani, Thomas Marte (2010-2011) Builder-owner: Congress und Messe Innsbruck Open to the public: partially "Hall B,” an iron hall originally erected in Prague, was translocated to Innsbruck for the 1893 Tyrolean State Exhibition.

Over the years, a heterogeneous development emerged around a listed hall from the late 19th century on the Innsbruck Trade Fair grounds. Emanating from this old "Hall B”, the ARGE Cukrowicz Nachbaur and Bechter Zaffignani added a new, one-story exhibition hall and an overhanging structure set on top of it, marking the new main entrance to the Trade Fair grounds.

© Hanspeter Schiess
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Sillblock

Sebastian-Scheel-Straße 2-12, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Schenker Salvi Weber (2013-2014) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: partially (inner courtyard)

In the place of the no longer salvageable housing block built in the late 1930s according to the plans of Theodor Prachensky, Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten erected a reinterpretation of the perimeter block development. In contrast to the previously narrow block edge closed on three sides, the new building is broken open in the middle and divided into two mirror-like structures stepped towards the inner courtyard with a concave building line that tapers in the direction of the head-end buildings.

© Christoph Panzer
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MPREIS on the Sill

Erzherzog-Eugen-Straße 41, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Wolfgang Pöschl, Joseph Bleser (2001) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during shop opening hours

A large supermarket with sufficient parking space had to be situated on a relatively cramped lot in the middle of the urban fabric. Wolfgang Pöschl and Josef Bleser reacted to the difficult requirements by letting the slightly slanting sales area float above the parking level recessed halfway into the terrain and to bring the mountains as well as the riverbank landscape closer to the customer by means of subtly placed openings. Integrated in the market is a café, which has taken over an important communicative and social function as a type of neighborhood center.

© B&R
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Attic Addition and Renovation of the Saggen Residential Complex

Brucknerstraße 2-12, Viktor-Dankl-Straße 11, Hugo-Wolf-Straße 2-4, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten (2016-2018) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol Among other awards, the attic addition and renovation was nominated for the State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability in 2019.

A 92-unit residential complex from the 1950s was extensively renovated and extended by 32 apartments through a two-story addition. As a slim, clear, longitudinal structure, this is distinctly set apart from the existing building by a circumferential strip of windows on the street side. At the same time, the existing balconies were renewed and enlarged, and the apartments connected to the elevators in the courtyard area.

© Mojo Reitter
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Innsbruck Climbing Center

Matthias-Schmid-Straße 12c, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Thomas Schnizer (2015-2017) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: Partially (bistro) Tip: Watch the climbers from the Sillpromenade.

After several halls of a former printing shop had already been converted for sporting purposes, it made sense to situate the new climbing center at this location as well. A large bouldering facility was housed in the existing building, and a cube was built on Ing.-Etzel-Straße for the nearly 18-meter-high climbing hall. Together with three freely placed, sculptural climbing walls and the existing building, an exciting ensemble that includes well-usable open spaces evolved.

© Thomas Schnizer
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O3 – Olympic Village 3

General-Eccher-Straße 22-34, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten, Eck & Reiter, DIN A4 Architektur (2009-2011) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol Open to the public: partially Spread throughout the buildings and across the outdoor areas are a total of six "Art in Construction” projects by Georgia Creimer, Thomas Feuerstein, Michael Kienzer and Esther Stocker.

After the Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976, Innsbruck was the first-time venue of the Youth Olympic Winter Games in January 2012. A new Olympic Village, which has meanwhile been populated by Innsbruck’s inhabitants, was executed on the grounds of the former Eugene Barracks for this purpose. Around 450 apartments are distributed among the 13 six- to eight-story cubes. Three houses, together with a common forecourt, respectively make up a group that was arranged, in turn, around various, large courtyards.

© sto AG
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Eugenpark – Housing Construction and MPREIS with Baguette

General-Eccher-Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo (2012-2013) Builder-owner: Eugen Park Immobilienerrichtungs GmbH Open to the public: MPREIS – during shop opening hours; housing development – partially.

In the past years, a new, populous residential quarter emerged between Reichenauerstraße and the Sill-Inn estuary. The "Eugenpark” with its distinctive tower forms the gateway to this new quarter and at the same time provides the necessary infrastructure and a new meeting place to the new residents with a supermarket that features a café. Three variously high buildings – the one-story supermarket, an L-shaped, flat-roofed structure with three residential stories and the eleven-story tower — creatively form a unit that consciously subverts the otherwise solitary character distinctive of high-rises.

© obermoser arch-omo
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Residential Development Lodenareal

General-Eccher-Straße 15-33, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: DIN A4 Architektur (2007-2009) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol Open to the public: partially Three art projects can be found on the outdoor grounds: six "Säulen der Poesie" ("Pillars of Poesy”) by Anton Christian, the sculpture "Zeit” ("Time”) by Heinz Gappmayr, as well as benches by Peter Kogler.

On the grounds of the former Tyrolean Loden Factory, located at the northern edge of Innsbruck’s Reichenau district, the largest certified passive house construction in Europe at that time was completed in 2009. Resulting from a 2005 competition, the basic urban planning concept of Architekturwerkstatt din a4 consists of three building complexes that are again respectively composed of two L-shaped structures placed against each other and form large inner courtyards through their interleaving. One building with rental apartments for NEUE HEIMAT TIROL was executed by Architekturwerkstatt din a4, the other two by Architekturhalle Wulz-König, resp., teamk2 [architects].

© Günter R. Wett
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Residential Development Lodenareal II

General-Eccher-Straße 35-49, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Architekturhalle Wulz-König (2007-2009) Builder-owner: ZIMA Open to the public: partially

As part of the residential development on the former Tyrolean Loden Factory premises, the Architekturhalle Wulz-König executed a building with 128 owner-occupied apartments. Following the basic urban planning concept, two L-shaped structures facing each other form an open perimeter block development and surround a square-shaped inner courtyard. This inner courtyard lies one meter higher than the surrounding area and is accessed over two ramps at the openings on the east and west side.

© Angelo Kaunat
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Residential Development Lodenareal III

General Eccher Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: teamk2 [architects] (2007-2009) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol Open to the public: partially

Part 3 of the Lodenareal passive house complex, consisting of three open perimeter block developments, was carried out by teamk2 [architects]. Like the other two buildings, two L-shaped structures form a spacious inner courtyard here. A total of 165 rental apartments are extended for the most part and feature open spaces in the south as well as the west, and household balconies in the north, resp., east. A second façade level with story-high sliding elements provides protection for the open spaces and contributes to the structuring of the large-volume building.

© Günter R. Wett
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Strandsatelliten Housing Complex

Reichenauerstraße 97, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: driendl*architects (2001-2003) Builder-owner: Neue Heimat Tirol Open to the public: partially Located directly adjacent are a housing complex and a senior citizens’ home, executed in 1999 by Otto Steidle and Bernd Jungbauer.

Arising from a competition, the housing development set new standards in social housing at the time of its construction. Despite the high density, Georg Driendl succeeded in creating a permeable housing development with high atmospheric quality on a narrow parcel on the banks of the Inn. A total of 120 apartments are placed in three six-story structures, whose visual appearance is characterized by rear-ventilated glass façades and the colorful glass skin of the balconies.

© James H. Morris
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Tiflis Bridge

Kärnter Straße – Matthias-Schmid-Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Hans Peter Gruber (2008-2011) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck In 2012, the bridge was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings”.

In the scope of an extensive flood protection project, the area where the Sill runs into the Inn was redesigned. A significant component is the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge named after Innsbruck's twin city, Tiflis (Tbilisi). Built without piers, the structure features a boat-shaped cross section, and its 42-meter span closes a gap in the path network along the river promenade.

© Markus Bstieler