Domplatz Linz – project description from the architects
The impressive neo-gothic Mariendom cathedral of Linz is clearly opposed by the unfinished Domplatz square, that had never been completed in accordance to the original idea to free up the entire quadrangle between the surrounding streets. This heterogeneous situation was unsatisfactory from the point of view of urban planning and was to be resolved by means of a competition, which also included the construction of a hotel and an underground car park as well as the revitalization of two existing baroque buildings.
By including the surrounding streets and by means of the solitary positioning of the new hotel a link to the heart of the city is created – a place at the square.
The new hotel is a confident, sculptural solitary building, on the one hand reacting to the arrangement and vertical extent of neighboring buildings and, on the other, offering a response to the simultaneously delicate and dominant structure of the cathedral.
Prizes and nomination for this project:
Prize: Clients’ Award 2009
Prize: Architectural award “vis à vis – exemplary buildings for culture, tourism, sports” 2009
Prize: regional prize for art of the federal state of Upper Austria: “Hotel am Domplatz” in Linz was awarded the distinction “building of the year”
Nomination: Mies van der Rohe Award – European Union Prize 2011
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