The historical core of the village of Steinfeld, in the Carinthian Drava Valley, is clearly defined. None the less, functions such as the school, the local elderly people home and the supermarket create a second center. The new housing area will extend this second center.
The planning starts from what is already there. Existing streets, paths, free spaces such as the park of the elderly people home provide the first impulse. A clear vision is provided by the results of the participation process. The decision of where the park is to be placed is after all the first decision to be made. This is to become the space between existing and new housing, and a qualitative communication space for all generations. The circulation prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists and creates a new connection through the park for the school pupils. Different housing typologies aim to achieve a sustainable density and affordability. The plots are small, semidetached and row houses, as well as multi-family typologies are combined. The structure of the historical center, with its winding roads, is newly interpreted. The street space is articulated, the raster is based on a series of shifts. The proposed building regulations allow to build up to the site boundary along the street, or to create here small front gardens that enliven the streetscape.
The project was developed by an interdisciplinary team in cooperation with the local population and the political representation. The resulting vision aims to create an innovative development model with higher than usual densities.


CLIENT / Municipality Steinfeld
TYPOLOGY / Subsidized site allotment
AREA / CAPACITY / Neusteinhof, 24.000m²
WORKSTAGES / Workshops, Analysis, Site visualization, Masterplan / Housing typologies
PARTNERS / Raumplanungsbüro Kaufmann, Three Little Birds