Population Innsbruck 133,540 inhab.; Conurbation 156,690 inhab.
Strategic site 17.5 ha - Project site 3 ha
Site proposed byCity of Innsbruck
Actors involved City of Innsbruck and IIG-Innsbruck
Owner of the siteIIG-Innsbruck Immobilien Gesellschaft
Commission after competition A commissioning for a strategic urban concept of the winning team is intended
Team representative Architect - urbanist - landscaper
How can the site contribute to a productive city?
Innsbruck’s newly elected government has an extremely ambitious plan for the city. Goals are already set for soft mobility, sustainability, densification and reuse, green and open spaces, job preservation and creation, and participation. Everything is geared towards a resilient city with short distances. The E15 site doesn’t just sit within this progressive framework of ideas, it is perfectly located on a central spot in town, where all of the above-mentioned ideas come together at once. A central question will revolve around a concept for a future Market Hall. Nothing less than a pioneering vision for a lively, open and innovative space is required. A multifold of production facilities with strategically-designed synergies should act as a trigger for the whole area.
Innsbruck’s beautiful setting between impressively high mountains is unequalled. Inevitably the compact city has limited spatial resources. Densification, reuse and restructuring built-up areas are therefore main objectives for the urban development. Another major focus lies on a sustainable mobility strategy. With its prominent location the site is a pivotal point where several mobility strands cross and by-pass, making this task exceptionally important. Bringing Innsbruck back to the banks of the river Inn, which runs along the site, is another key issue here. One of the largest and most interesting inner-city development areas, the E15 site is ideal for all these goals. The city sees it as a crucial mosaic for a propulsive and visionary development of Innsbruck - and rightly so.
The E15 site in the very heart of the city facing the most picturesque scenery of Innsbruck - colourful housing with huge mountains in the background - is typically Tyrolean. The site’s enormous potential is barely used despite its prime location. It comprises of a vast central square and a charming market hall which could both be improved upon, a parking garage (to be removed) and a huge office block (soon to be vacated). The challenge here is to strategically restructure the area, activate all possibilities and initiate new synergies. The future market-hall will be a key theme for this development. Come up with the epitome of a visionary and innovative hub that gives a fresh identity to the area.
How is production inserted in the urban diversity programme?
Every inhabitant of Innsbruck knows the E15 site. It is so central it seems everything happens here: there are tourists, bikes, cars, cafes, shops, the market, restaurants and people simply strolling around… Yet it lacks identity. The connection with the river is missing, the definition of the square is vague, mobility strands are not clear, openings and see-throughs are absent. However, it is an ideal testbed because the site is extremely popular with its inhabitants and new ideas will be eagerly anticipated. Participation will be integral to the process. The Market Hall brings the image of production to the site and here a boost can be initiated. Universities are in the neighbourhood so think start-ups and prototyping. Craft and trade are well-supported in this area. Sustainability and nature are key topics. Water is next to the site. Clearly an enormous potential for synergies is at hand. The main challenge is to restructure the site, keep it inclusive, yet exciting and give it a clear identity. Simply put, come up with your staggering vision for a conglomeration of production, exchange and creation. Generate the very image of a resilient city hub!
Questions on the site
Dear Europan Team, Is it possible to get a full 3D Modell with the ground and the streets from the site? Thanks! kind regards
There is no other 3D Model available, only the one provided in the download section.
Hi! A question regarding the A1 panel submission: are we free to prefer a vertical or horizontal layout?
The panels must comply with the specification of the submission, which says 3 vertical A1 panels.
see rules of the Europan15 competition, 4.4: Items to submit https://www.europan-europe.eu/en/session/europan-15/rules/
Hello! Are there sections of the building Innrain 34 (Polizeidirektion) available?
No, there are no sections available. The approximate room height on ground floor level is 3,4m and on upper levels it is 3,20m.
Is a bilingual submission allowed (German, English)? Does a bilingual submission increase the booklet allowance from 3-4 pages to 6-8 pages? Thank you.
Yes, a bilingual submission is allowed. If the entry is bilingual, the project booklet can be 6-8 pages long (1 PDF version for both languages). The submission in English is compulsory.
Would you have the 3D_isocurves_laserscan.dxf file in RECAP format? So that I can insert it in AutoCAD as a Point Cloud and cut it with the Section Plane. Thank you!
No, sorry, there is no RECAP format available.
How should the 350 parking be considered? Will it be demolished or should it be kept and reused? There is different answers fot this topic in the site brief and the FAQ answers. Could you clarify please? Thank you.
The parking garage is in bad condition, therefore demolition is envisaged. It is up to the teams to distribute those car parking spaces on the project site. A reduction of car parking spaces can be assumed, if a sound mobility concept is proposed, that shows adequate alternatives. (At the moment the project site houses 350 parking spaces in the aforementioned parking garage and 200 additional spaces in the underground parking BOE below the market square.) The BOE parking garage has to keep its function.
Should the Terra Nova proposal be absolutely be considered for our project? Or can we ignore it?
The Terra Nova proposal is the winning project of a realization competition held by the civil construction authority of Innsbruck and should be realized in the future. As this area is only part of the strategic site and not the project site; it is up to you and your concept whether you want to consider the proposal or not.
Does the Polizeidirektion has a basement/cellar? Are there any further informations about the new parts of the building (when was is built?)
Some parts oft the builidung have a cellar, the newer part was errected in 1948.