FORUM – A NEW BREED OF TOWNHALL DESIGN

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Location: Salzburg, Austria, Europe
Categories: Public Building, Public Infrastructure, Public Space
Submission deadline: November 30, 2021, 11:59 PM
Language: English
Organizers: UNI.XYZ Competitions

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    Introduction: This competition is looking for proposals to design a public town hall that will not only be a workplace for civilians, but also an interface between them and the citizens of the city. It should offer a platform for people to participate in political events. The transition from private to public access spaces can be aided by open spaces. The hall must be accessible to all the city inhabitants. The layout must segregate as well as integrate the public, as per the situation. 

    Description: It should offer a platform for people to participate in political events. The transition from private to public access spaces can be aided by open spaces. The hall must be accessible to all the city inhabitants. The layout must segregate as well as integrate the public, as per the situation. 

    Aesthetics must represent the city and its people. Contextual aspects of the site must be taken into account, so it is an escape from the monotonous landscape of urbanity, but at the same time blend with surroundings in a unique way. 

    The aim of the design is to promote social interaction amongst citizens and the officials, providing a common ground. Transparency must be moderated to balance approachability with privacy and security. Multi-functional spaces can be designed to cater to public needs during events, festivals, or other interactive sessions.

    Design Objectives:

    Concept – The design must represent the city, its progress, and the ideals of its people in the contemporary age.
    Layout – The segregation of spaces must be efficient to allow for easy navigation and access
    Landmark – The form of the town hall must be a representation of the context, culture, and values, accessible to all its visitors. It must be a cultural icon in the city. 
    Balance – a balance between the private and public access spaces must be achieved for smooth functioning of the centre
    Context – the design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic, and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.

    Site:

    The site is in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The landscape of art and architecture is filled with remnants of many eras that make it a popular spot for cultural tourism. 

    The Old Town Hall in Salzburg is a landmark from 1772, located in the core of the historic district. The hall also performed as a courthouse in the early days. Now, as this iconic structure attracts many visitors, the lower floors are used as galleries to display local artists’ work, and the remaining part has city council offices. 

    The site of the proposed town hall is in the centre of the city surrounded by a mixed neighbourhood. Its location has the advantage of a good amount of households in the area.

    Site area – 5309 sq.m
    Maximum Builtup area – 5309 sq.m
    Ground coverage – 40%
    Height restrictions – 9 meters
    Setbacks (as per CAD plan)
    Coordinates – 47°48’37.7″N 13°03’15.4″E

    Area Programme:

    The following programmatic outline is the point to begin your design at. You can add more functions and activities in relevance or modify the below design program.

    Administration Offices ~ 200 sq.m
    Exhibition hall ~ 200 sq.m
    Council Chambers ~ 100 sq.m
    Meeting rooms ~ 200 sq.m
    Conference halls ~ 100 sq.m
    Library and Archives ~ 300 sq.m
    Cafeteria ~ 100 sq.m
    A roof garden, Courtyard, Public Plaza, and other open areas can be designated by the participant.

    You can see the detailed competition information here!

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