Competition ÖBB Areal Ostbahnhof
The Ostbahnquartier, a new neighbourhood in the Jakomini district of Graz, is being built in the immediate vicinity of the Ostbahnhof railway station and the exhibition centre. It comprises the publicly accessible Ostbahnpark and two building plots with mixed uses such as residential, retail, services, offices and catering. The focus is on public, social, creative and productive offerings.
The strategic positioning of the Ostbahnpark in the south enables the creation of a larger green space in the densely built-up neighbourhood. Transformations of the commercial areas are intended to create additional green space and better networking of the parks. A green promenade along the railway lines serves as a biodiversity and leisure axis, a green buffer between the new quarter and the historic Ostbahnhof.
The integration of existing trees and new plantings creates a predominantly green neighbourhood. Buildings form quiet inner courtyards and open up to the green promenade. An infiltration trough channels rainwater to a catchment pond.
An underground car park under Raiffeisenstrasse enables car-free living. Cycle parking spaces are an integral part of the green and open space planning. To the north, the design responds to planned traffic measures.
The building heights are orientated towards the local building structure. Openings to the green promenade and continuous building plinths along Raiffeisenstrasse shield emissions and integrate green space. PV modules on higher roofs serve as energy sources and species refuges. Lower roofs are assigned to communal uses. The Ostbahnquartier offers a lively urban experience with a diverse ground floor zone for a wide range of target groups. The openness of use allows for adaptability and continuous further development.
Place: Graz, AUT