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Standort: Waldeggstraße, 4020 Linz, Oberösterreich
Auftraggeber: GWG – Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft der Stadt Linz GmbH, Linz
Planungsdaten: Gewonnener Wettbewerb 2005
Baubeginn: Jänner 2008
Bauübergabe: Juni 2009
Nutzfläche: 1.443 m² (ohne Loggien)
Fotos: David Schreyer
Text: Wolfgang Haas
The residential area Waldegg offers family-friendly living space with loggias and attached gardens. One aim was to build reasonably priced rental flats on a contemporary aesthetic, ecological, functional and social level. The integration into the surrounding building structure and the utilisation of the landscape conditions were at the centre of urban and landscape planning requirements.
The plot with its steep slope lies at the foot of the Froschberg, west of the old town of Linz. The built environment is defined by enclosed, multi-storey residential buildings on the one side and towards the west villa-like buildings with surrounding gardens which characterise the landscape. The green space runs through the villa area and merges seamlessly into the meadow landscape of the Froschberg behind.
The apartment house, which is designed as two buildings with surrounding gardens, matches the building structure of the neighbouring villas. Terracing and roof areas, which are built parallel to the hill, integrate the building into the slope. For the families moving into the flats the experience of living on the slope surrounded by greenery is created by the terraces, southern facing loggias and individual private stepped gardens for each flat. The majority of the rooms in each flat merge into the loggia area to create large spaces and a light and varied living area despite the tight financial margin in social housing.
Building apartments vertically on top of each other offers an economical construction, high energy efficiency and an optimal usage of the available space. All flats were built towards the south and are provided with access via the outdoor corridor to ensure an equal quality of living for all. The development starts at the underground garage via vertical lifts and/or staircases and then through a ramp in the partially open area between the buildings. The walkways are free of barriers and lead along common facilities in the outer area.
The building’s façade has a multi-layered structure. Perforated, anthracite-grey facade elements emphasise the building’s original form in the loggia area. The building structure is evident from the white plaster surfaces which are shifted towards the interior. Both buildings have not only a clear and continuous design, but also show the quality of a clearly marked-off private living space between the exterior and interior. For the outdoor areas, planning concentrated on providing a quality experience of both privacy and open spaces which are low maintenance as well as planting which is suitable for the region.