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voestalpine open space: unique cultural space high above Linz

Viktoria Steininger
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A new cultural and event space is being created in Linz, high above the OÖ Kulturquartier: the "voestalpine open space".

The voestalpine open space is a cultural and event space which takes the form of an accessible steel structure, high above the rooftops of the OÖ Kulturquartier in Linz, Upper Austria. The project will open up new opportunities for exciting cultural projects in the future, and will also be the highlight of the 2014 Höhenrausch.

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3D view of the voestalpine open space

voestalpine is more than simply the exclusive main project sponsor; voestalpine products also lend the voestalpine open space its structure and form. The unusual structure is only possible thanks to steel’s excellent properties as a building material.





High-bay warehousing technology from voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik

High-bay warehousing

High-bay warehousing

voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik GmbH erected the open steel structure of the voestalpine open space using systems normally applied in high-bay warehousing projects worldwide. The voestalpine open space structure is 42 meters long, 15 meters wide, and 9 meters high, and “floats” 25 meters over the ground. The architectural design is the work of Riepl Riepl Architects, developed in close cooperation with the OÖ Kulturquartier and voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik.

The project is an exciting challenge for the engineers at voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik. Normally high-bay warehousing products are used for pallets, DIY superstore shelving and integrated racking. To date more than 600 systems have been installed worldwide. Using a high-bay warehousing structure for an architectural object is something unique, and demands much innovation and teamwork during the planning phase.

Installation is scheduled to begin in May 2014 and will also draw on voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik’s know-how and 40-years of experience. The structure appears to float in the air, only supported by two existing buildings. Consequently installation of the steel construction will take place at a great height. voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik will install a total of 120 tons of steel and 500 m² of grating.


Opening of the voestalpine open space at the Höhenrausch

The voestalpine open space can be experienced for the first time on June 27, 2014 and the start of the “Höhenrausch”. The voestalpine open space will be a central setting and experimental space for art and culture for the next five years. Events such as the summer cinema, the Crossing Europe film festival and many others will all be held in the new space. Thanks to its unique construction, the voestalpine open space is also certain to become a landmark in Linz.


More information on the voestalpine open space Microsite: http://www.voestalpine.com/openspace/en

Viktoria Steininger