central building office Graz

competition, 1st prize - not built



Derived from the configuration of the site, the simple double-loaded basic conception has interior spaces that fan out. Stepping back on the west side, the top story again becomes parallel to the slab to the north. Widening the hall toward the west makes it possible to connect all levels with a straight set of stairs that begins at the main entrance. The cores – with elevators, stairs, and lavatories – are freestanding to allow light to enter the lower levels. On ground level, near the main entrance the building massing dissolves and become penetrable.

open competition,
1st prize

Team ARTEC Architekten:
Bettina Götz and Richard Manahl
together with Ed Hoke and Theo Lang

ARTEC Architekten
Helmut Tezak, Graz

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