Tabakfabrik conversion in Linz, Austria (2nd Prize Europan 11)

Date: 2012
Status: 2nd Prize (runner-up) Europan 11 Linz International Competition
Category: Masterplan, Conversion, Mixed-use, Residential
Tags: Europan 11 Linz, Tabakfabrik Industrial Conversion, Reconversión Industrial Linz


Client: City of Linz
Location: Tabakfabrik Area. Untere Donaulände 78, Linz. Austria
Program: Public space, residential, offices, hotel, retail, facilities, culture, sport & leisure
Strategic Area: 5.4 Ha
Site Area: 3.84 Ha
Built Area: 80.000,00 m2
Budget: 164.000.000,00€
Architecture: Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos
Collaborators: Paul-Rouven Denz


An elephant in the city: the Tabakfabrik complex was built as Europe‘s largest tobacco factory, planned by Peter Behrens and Alexander Popp in 1935, this jewel of international modernism was abandoned in 2009. Recognizing its strategic potential for the future growth of Linz, the city bought the site in order to be able to direct its overall development. The combination of cultural value, big size (an elephant in the city), and excellent location demands an intelligent concept for the planning-process, dealing with local and translocal resources.
Upcycling Tabakfabrik: the main goal of the project-process is to offer a structural vision whose spatial concept shall inspire fruitful scenarios, and a wide range of possible uses, such as: contemporary cultural fields of production, creative & progressive industries, educational & social facilities, and special forms of housing. The Industrial Conversion of Tabakfabrik is an urban regeneration therapy composed of several programmatic “Linzer blue” grafts that activate the listed buildings to create a new life cycle in the neighbourhood, upcycling Tabakfabrik. This precision healing therapy will be done over time, through a step-by-step implementation. The initial intention is to create the first signs of transformation very soon, transforming the new so called Tabakfabrik Platz in a new centrality with the sculptural power plant and the chimney as a backdrop. The chimney will be converted into an eco-informational urban landmark. Sustainability as visibility of energy.