Haus der Physik, University of Innsbruck, AT
3rd Prize, EU-wide, open realization competition
The Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG) organized an EU-wide, open realization competition for the drawing up of a masterplan for the western part of the “Technology Campus” and the building of a new “Haus der Physik” and a technology center. ATP Innsbruck was awarded 3rd prize.
ATP’s design envisages a clear built structure with units of a range of sizes. The existing “east-west” axis is extended to the south, creating a visual connection with the new district of “Hötting West”. By cantilevering the Technology Campus Technology Center (TZCT), the axis connects with the university campus and a new square is created in the form of an urban “terrace”.
The two new buildings form the western end of the campus and are clearly separated from each other in constructional terms. The Haus der Physik is divided into a “prominent” north wing containing teaching and training spaces and a southern atrium block with administrative areas. The basement contains the optical laboratory, which is protected against vibration, and further laboratory areas. To the west, the building is flanked by the TZCT.
The open space concept expands and reinforces the existing urban structures: This is a continuous series of green spaces with fountains and cool spots and urban squares with numerous opportunities for sitting and lying, structured by a loose network of footpaths. These extensive green spaces also improve the microclimate and offer a new habitat to birds and insects.