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KNOWSPACE architecture + cities BDA

Public Square Sankt Pölten

Photo: Thomas Ott
Photo: Thomas Ott
St. Pölten
Building type
public buildings, government buildings, authorities
building project
new building
material façade
cut stone
architect award
East Centric Arhitext Award
Sankt Pölten / Austria

Christian Kronaus + Erhard An-He Kinzelbach

Project type:        
Commission after 1st prize in general planning competition

BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

General planning:    
ARGE Vasko+Partner Ingenieure und Kronaus Kinzelbach Architekten

Vasko+Partner Ingenieure (structure, MEP), A Quadrat (site supervision)

2.935 m2 (square), 1.729 m2 GFA (garage, 60 cars)


The project replaces a previously unused plaza in front of the historical courthouse, creating an attractive new and polyvalent urban space for the public with a parking garage underneath. The square maintains a prominent public facade towards the street, inviting users in while also acting as a protective buffer from the busy road once inside. In order to integrate the building's context into the square's design, the facade order of the courthouse is projected onto the site. While establishing a dialog between the building and its immediate environment, the project introduces a field of urban furniture elements including benches and planters. These pre-cast rectangular furniture pieces have the same materiality as the floor surface and shift in height to form an artificial topography that caters to a multitude of urban activities and circulation patterns.