Möbi (Fürbergstraße)

Design studios/Professors Michele Arnaboldi, Valerio Olgiati

Keywords: substituting the existing / making the site more dense / creating a relationship with downtown

During the nineteenth century, when the old city walls were enthusiastically demolished and the city expanded, some bizarre suggestions were made. One idea was to relocate the Salzach river from the city and to redirect it between the Kühberg and the eastern side of the Kapuzinerberg. Luckily no funds were available to realize such an absurdity. Today, the valley does not contain the Salzach, but the railroad. Like a powerful river, it divides the once coherent space into two halves with entirely different structures. The commercial wasteland around the furniture discounter Möbi and other nameless objects in the shadow of the “beautiful city” (Georg Trakl) not only have great economic importance, but also possess the potential for an open perspective on a “new” Salzburg.

The point of departure for the designs made in Michele Arnaboldi’s class were the characteristic rail road perceived as a cut, and the very wide range of uses located in the area, both for crafts and industry as well as agriculture. The goal is to fill the area, which represents a “hidden” face of the city, with projects that have a close relationship to one another and to the surrounding topography. The intention was to create an urban axis in the center of the valley that links the two halves of the area. At the beginning of the design process, all students developed a joint master plan for the entire area, and then each individual project concretely worked out a design to fit into the overall plan.

Photos: Günter Richard Wett