?-Mall in Leonding, Kunstuni Linz

Teaching: Designstudio, winter semester 2014/15


Teaching Kunstuni Linz: Designstudio, winter semester 2014/15
What to do with a vacant shopping mall -45.000 square meter sales area and a tram link?


The two cities Linz and Wels form a Metropolitan Area along the Federal Highway B1, where more than half a million people live and work. While the population in the city centres are more or less stagnating, more and more people inhabit the so-called "in-between city" (Zwischenstadt). The spaces, that expand like a gooey mass between grown centres and along infrastructure corridors are neither urban nor rural. According to functional criteria, anything one could possible need, can be found. Living, working, leisure time, consumption – the range is great, what it lacks however is centrality and identity. In the last 25 years on the border of the municipality between Leonding and Pasching two competing shopping centres have been emerging  Recently the longterm battle has come to an end: The PlusCity with its colourful range of consumption and entertaining emerges victoriously, while the Uno-Shopping looses its last tenants and becomes vacant. As a nucleus, 32.000 square meter of unused area it is waiting to develop a re-active urbanisation 

We ask the question, what to do with this giant infrastructure? Can the "in-between city" (Zwischenstadt) develop urbanity retrospectively?The first steps should focus on analysis and developing a thesis. This should be tested by a local intervention and be elaborated in a formal synthesis. This elaboration could be a urban planning or a prototypical conversion or another interpretation working with different media. At all events it must be an examination of the esthetically, functional and social demands regarding architecture.  

Students: Andreas Justl, Horst Lechner, Katja Zakelšek, Lukas Ployer, Manuel Gegenhuber, Sebastian Vilanek
Tutors: Matthias Böttger, Franz Koppelstätter, Katharina Weinberger;
Department: Sustainable Architecture + Spatial Tactics

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Design Studio Projects of Students

EinHausZentrum (OneHouseCentre) 
An update for Genius Loci
Project of Andreas Justl

The project EinHausZentrum has set itself the task to generate, or rediscover and stage from the currently vacant shopping centre UNO SHOPPING a genius loci. As a result a residential quarter with a high level of intimacy, that creates at the same time places of encounter is  originated. 

The development deploys the currently static framework of concrete piles and beams along with the foundation. The strictly segmented bearing structure, on a 10x10 meter or 15x10 meter grid provides the foundation for the internal organisation of a high density low-rise building.That bearing structure and an inlying enclosure generates a thermally sheltered living space, that can be used however it is needed.  Each resident receives a house. This way the shopping mall turns into the EinHausZentrum. 

Booklet EinHausZentrum (in German)




Project of Horst Lechner

The project START UP Mall implies, that the municipality Leonding offers the mall to exchange a plot of land, that has a strategically better location for the mall and this way creates an consensus between all involved. 

Without major reconstruction work areas can be provided for young start up companies from various fields like mechatronics, automation - and software engineering, rapid prototyping and molecular biology of universities and technical colleges from the surrounding region at competitive rates. 

Besides the possibility to start and grow as a micro-enterprise, the START UP MALL serves as a transdisciplinary hub between science and economy. Further it connects the adjoining housing development in the south to the tram. The START UP MALL becomes a new centre by  providing in addition to further housing space, childcare, gastronomy and local amenities.

Booklet STARTUP MALL (in German)




Hanging Gardens
Project of Katja Zakelšek

Is a project that turns the Uno Shopping Mall into a big agro food and this way connects people who live from agriculture, people who like to grow their own plants and people who just like to enjoy being surrounded by nature and greenery.

The abandoned Mall stays the same, rough and chaotic with a hidden paradise inside. Old existing columns are covered with plants and on the top of the roof, you can find fields of different plants. Vegetation is planted for several reasons: researching, learning, admiring, tasting and eating. From earth to mouth.

Booklet AGRO FOOD PARK (in Englisch)




Project of Lukas Ployer

The project of „Emotionsfabrik“ is a vision of a very rational food production within peri urban areas and an experience trail, that snakes its way through the whole building.

The trail provides the visitors with directed views and emotional experiences, to make procedures as plant, fish and cattle breeding as well as slaughtering accessible, comprehensible and tangible. The place breaks with stereotype images of a farm and shows the visitor how business is done today. This way the visitor develops a stronger relationship to the supply of food.

Booklet EMOTIONSFABRIK (in German)




Project of Manuel Gegenhuber

The WERK M² ALL uses the existing Uno Shopping, adapts it and provides the building with a new content: a production-, sales- and  exhibition site for all kinds of craft enterprises. The craftsmanship should be given a greater priority in an environment shaped by mass consumption.  

Due to similar spatial requirements the different shareholder can be united synergistically under a roof. Besides one's work room, the machine-, vehicle hall, storage,administrative entities and exhibition area is shared and may be rented.

Booklet WERK M² ALL (in German)




Project of Sebastian Vilanek

The project WOHNEN + is a scenario, that tries to revitalize the vacancy of the area and attract many people by creating specific and new usages through modification of the existence and new buildings.   

The former shopping mall provides an area for start ups, local amenities, market hall, self storage, but also for sports facilities and a kindergarten. In addition new residential high-rises with a view of the Alps and new buildings, which resemble the one family houses in the south, generate living, assisted living for older people and teenagers as well as allotment gardens. 

Booklet Wohnen+ (in German)




Ein Projekt von Tina Žiher

The reuse of the Uno Shopping's excisting structure provides a missing hub – a place of socializing and meeting people and this way offers a new, contemporary and quality way of living in terms of a Multigeneration center. The new center will provide dwelling and a space for free time activities to older as well as younger generations. The basic priority of the Multigeneration center would be a positive coexistence of older and younger generations.

The Makeover of the abandoned Shopping Center into a new Multigeneration will use existing functions and structures, alter others and built new ones.