Amstetten: a strong relation between architecture and infrastructure

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Ramon Bernabé and Tomas Labanc

The European competition of urban and architectural projects “EUROPAN” was one of the first competitions we participated in and we’re happy that our urban planning proposal convinced the jury. We have already been involved for 4 years in the masterplan design development together with the ÖBB and the City of Amstetten.

The strong relation between architecture and infrastructure that suggest the site of Amstetten was of great interest for us. Our cities are expanding and renewing their urban structure and territorial connections. We live in a more connected world and the proximity to the railway system is not seen anymore as a weakness but an opportunity.

Amstetten geographic position and strong connectivity by railway with surrounding cities of Vienna, St.Pölten and Linz made us think about the potential of Amstetten in a wider context of interconnected cities, where territorial boundaries between cities are blurred leading to a more collaborative use of space and dynamic flow of citizens between them.

Our urban planning proposal consists of 4 new development areas along the railtracks of Amstetten and aims to go further and become an opportunity to rethink the city structure and its regional role in the future.

We proposed different urban configurations for each site that respond to specific conditions by its typological and programmatic arrangement, solving the relation with the railtracks and creating mixed use urban areas surrounded by active public space.

We’re excited to be part of the development of Quartier A with all its offers for people living, working, developing there.

This article is an excerpt of an interview with EUROPAN Austria


EUROPAN is an idea competition and a following implementation process bringing together European cities and young urban and architectural design professionals (under the age of 40). The competition spans over a two year period in which approximately 50 European cities and 2000 teams are involved.

The competition serves a dual purpose: it offers cities and developers new and innovative solutions to local urban planning and development, and provides an opportunity for young architects to get commissions by presenting new ideas. These two functions combined create a platform for ongoing debate and research on the spatial framework of the European society.,