Design Studio SS 20

Design Studio SS 20: APRES*SHOP – Strategies against vacancy in Gloggnitz


Within the scope of the present design programme, three different properties in the centre of Gloggnitz, Lower Austria, directly adjacent to Wiener Strasse and Hauptstrasse, respectively, are the focus of consideration. These are buildings in which the ground floor zone is characterised by vacancy. The respective upper floors, on the other hand, are currently still used for residential purposes. From this point of view, the question arises of considerations regarding a sustainable and meaningful use. It should be borne in mind that certain functions, such as gastronomy, childcare, fitness, etc., are already covered to a sufficient extent. In the context of this design exercise, it is important to combine utilisation concepts with architectural measures that contribute to a meaningful development. The main objective is to develop a realisable overall concept and a concrete design solution.


If one takes the available designs into consideration, the diversity of the proposals in relation to the various vacant properties, or rather their ground-floor spaces, becomes impressively apparent. The first task was to find a meaningful use in the small-town context that would actually meet a concrete need or at least be capable of awakening it in the course of the envisaged “occupation”. Even if the economic viability is not directly in the foreground in the course of the design development, it is still important for the individual designer to generate models and scenarios that at least do not ignore the necessary investments. The projects developed are inspired by the desire to cultivate small-town life and to consciously intensify it in the course of occupation. Possibilities are sought to create places of public, semi-public and meeting places. The individual business premises are thus given significance in the social context of the residents. To this end, the urban location of the individual properties is examined in detail and the context, the forecourts and adjacent areas are incorporated into the chosen design intentions as far as possible. What all the designs have in common is the obvious desire for “revitalisation and activation” in the sense of a lively small-town community. It is to be hoped that the diversity of ideas presented will be reflected accordingly and that the design approaches will contribute their share to pushing back the vacancy rate.