Award. E13. Special Mention. A(US)TRIUM.


competition: Europan 13

date: 2015

project: A(us)TRIUM

site: Sankt Pölten (AT)


jury statement:

First Session: The concept of a set of rules for a dense carpet structure is convincing and interesting. The conceptive mode of representation of these rules, the programmatic distribution and creation of appealing atmospheres in the open spaces are especially mentioned and are convincing. Moreover, the urban set of rules seems robust enough to adapt to future developments and to be adaptable and improvable in the course of different development stages – which due to the concept cannot be fixed to a location. The distance from the contaminated area and the neutral transition to the Traisen river are equally convincing.

Second Session: The typology of a modular grid for a low rise densified carpet embedded in the landscape is conceived as an interesting typology. The diagrammatic representation does not correspond to the seductive images describing the atmospheres of the two public and semi-public open spaces. Although the proposed underground parking facilities are conceived as not desirable and affordable, the set of urban rules is a valuable contribution to the housing discourse in Europan. 




Tina Saaby (DK), City Architect at Municipality, Copenhagen

Peter Ulm (AT), Chief Executive Officer of 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG, Wien


Irène Djao-Rakitine (FR), Landscape Architect and Director at DJAO-RAKITINE, London,

Research Assistant at the ETH Zürich, Visiting Critic to the London Mayor’s Project Review Panel

Tina Gregoric (SI), Architect and Partner at dekleva gregorič arhitekti, Ljubljana

Professor and Head of the Department for Building Theory by Design, Institute of Architecture and Design TU Wien

Saskia Hebert (DE), Architect and Partner at subsolar* architektur und stadtforschung, Berlin Winner E9 Spremberg, University of the Arts, Berlin

Max Rieder (AT), Architect, Urbanist and Lecturer, Director at maxRIEDER, Wien


Christian Kühn (AT), Architect and Critic, Wien, Dean of Studies of Architecture and Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design TU Wien, Board of the Austrian Architectural Foundation, Member of OECD-Working Group Evaluating Quality in Educational Facilities


Thomas Proksch (AT), Landscape Architect and Lecturer,  Partner at LAND IN SICHT – Büro für Landschaftsplanung, Wien

Florian Sammer (AT),Architect, Vienna, Winner E7 Krems, Department for Housing and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design TU Wien


Lulzim Kabashi (HR), Architect and Partner at IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI , Zagreb

Substitute: n.n.


Jens de Buck, Head of Department of Urban Planning and Development, City of St Pölten

Peter Wondra, WWE Wohn- und Wirtschaftspark Entwicklungsgesellschaft m.b.H

Advisory and Substitute: Peter Haselmayer, WWE Wohn- und Wirtschaftspark Entwicklungsgesellschaft m.b.H

Robert Hahn, Head of Project Development Bauträger Austria Immobilien

Richard Zeitlhuber, Architect, Herzogenburg

Much Untertrifaller, Architect, Bregenz/Wien

Max Rieder, Architect, EUROPAN13 Jury

Christian Kühn, Architect, EUROPAN13 Jury


Europan 13 Competiton:

Europan 13 is open to any team consisting of an architect in partnership or not with one or more professionals of the same or other disciplines of the urban-architectural field (architects, urban planners, landscapers, engineers, artists…)
Every team member, whatever his/her profession, must be under the age of 40 years old on the closing date for submission of entries.

It is proposed for Europan 13 to continue with the generic theme of „the adaptable city”: adaption to the need for more sustainable development but adaption also to the context of an economic crisis that the majority of European cities are currently undergoing. Three generic concepts structure this overall themeResilience as a challenge; Social adaptability as a goal; and Economy as a method.

Taking these three themes into account induces changes in the urban and architectural order in the logics of actors (Welfare State Vs. Self-Organization), in the contents (Segregation Vs. Sharing), but also in the design processes (Object Vs. Project (Process))

Europan therefore wishes that the sites be confronted to the major challenges concerning the adaptability of European cities and also propose concrete innovations in the order given by the site representatives, arousing new project approaches by young competitors.