Maria-Theresian-Straße: Innsbruck Street, Austria

Maria-Theresian-Straße Innsbruck, Austrian Landscape Project, Public Realm Austria

Maria-Theresian-Straße, Innsbruck

Innsbruck Landscape Project, Austria design by AllesWirdGut Architektur

5 Aug 2011

Location: central Innsbruck, Austria

Date built: 2011

Design : AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, Wien

Austrian Public Realm Project

Maria-Theresian-Straße: Innsbruck Street, Austria
photo © Hertha Hurnaus

Maria-Theresian-Straße Innsbruck

After five years’ planning and construction, the car-free zone of Maria-Theresian-Straße in Innsbruck, Austria, is now completed and will be opened to the public with a street party starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011.

Converted into a pedestrian zone, the northern section of the street has already been in use for two years now and, with its choice of robust materials, has successfully withstood the daily rush of users. The granite paving now extends from the Triumph Gate to the Old Town, providing much room for urban strolls with a view of the mountains.

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photos © Hertha Hurnaus

English text (scroll down for German):

Maria-Theresian-Straße Renewal

Granite, Brass, Crafts

A redesigning of Maria-Theresien-Straße that does justice to the significance that the street has in the townscape of Innsbruck: the goal was to create an urban site with a rich atmosphere that invites strolling, hanging out, and meeting people.

The identity of the site derives from the tension between urbanity and a panoramic view into nature, between past and future, between a specific character and a connective function in the urban structure of Innsbruck. Two defining materials, granite and brass, balance these dualities in the redesigning: a slab carpet of four different types of granite creates a coherent square surface, and a network of brass-colored ground plates with street furniture growing up from it defines the square area proper in the middle of the street.

At night, the walking zones alongside the house façades are brightly lit, while low-set lighting in the middle of the square enables a view of the mountain silhouette and the stars above.

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photos © Hertha Hurnaus

German text:


Granit, Messing, Handwerk

Die Maria-Theresien-Straße soll ihrer Bedeutung für Innsbruck gerecht werden: Ein atmosphärisch reicher, städtischer Ort soll entstehen, der einlädt zum Spazieren, Verweilen und Begegnen.

Seine Identität gewinnt dieser Ort dabei aus dem Spannungsfeld zwischen Urbanität und Weitblick in die Natur, zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft, zwischen Eigenständigkeit im Charakter und Verbindungsfunktion innerhalb des Stadtgefüges Innsbrucks.

Zwei wesentliche Materialien, Granit und Messing, heben diese Dualitäten in der neuen Gestaltung auf: Ein Teppich aus 4 verschiedenen, österreichischen Graniten schafft eine zusammenhängende Platzfläche, ein Netz aus messingfarbenen Bodentafeln und daraus emporwachsender Möblierung lässt in der Straßenmitte die eigentliche Platzfläche entstehen.

Nachts werden die Bewegungszonen entlang der Häuser hell erleuchtet, während in der Platzmitte niedriges Licht den Blick auf Sterne und Bergsilhouette freilässt.

Maria-Theresian-Straße Design – Building Information

Projekt / Project: Freiraumgestaltung / Public Space Design
Ort / Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Auftraggeber / Client: Stadt Innsbruck
Wettbewerb / Competition: 2006
Baubeginn / Start of construction: 2008
Fertigstellung / Completion: 2009 / 2011
Fläche / Area: 7.500m²
Planung / Planning: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH

Maria-Theresian-Straße images / information from AllesWirdGut Architektur

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Location: Innsbruck, Austria, central Europe

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A major building on Maria-Theresian-Straße:

Kaufhaus Tyrol Department Store Innsbruck, Austria
Dates built: 2007-10
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