The A2 highway runs almost exactly along the dividing line between two vast geological formations. In the west, one sees the foothills of the limestone Alps, and the broad expanse of the Pannonia Basin begins to the east. This geological situation is the foundation of our design concept. The soft hills of the Vienna Woods start from Vienna and rise gently to the south, culminating at Schneeberg Mountain. This topographical figure stretches from Vösendorf down to the thermal region. Agriculture and smaller villages mainly mark the opposite side. The dissimilitude of the environments is emphasized by the placement of different layers of material: Towards the limestone Alps, the noise barrier shows the structure and progression of the geological formation. Three shades of tinted wood concrete are used above the concrete base, finished with local natural stone filled into vertical gabions at specific points. Viewing windows provide glimpses of the captivating landscape. On the Pannonia Basin side, shallow layers represent the progression of the landscape. Different shades of dyed wood concrete are used here as well. In forested areas, two of the three shades of brown are replaced by green. In urban areas, a shade of red creates a reference to the brickwork of the roofs, and a beige tone represents the historic plaster of the building façades. The outer surface of the noise barrier is clad in green wood concrete, blending the wall visually into the surrounding nature. At bridges, the barriers are topped with topographically structured aluminum panel cladding.
Location: A2 Südautobahn (Austria)
Year: Competition 3rd Place 2017
Team: Lukas Göbl, Alexander Enz in Kooperataion mit der IGP/ Adi Hasenzagl
The goal of the Lengenfeld Castle revitalization is to awaken the oeuvre of the Hauer-Fruhmann artist family to a new life. The refurbishment measures provide future events in the historic castle complex with a festive and honorable framework. The façade and some building sections will be restored as necessary, retroactive and ill-fitted installations and additions removed, and malplaced openings closed in order to revive the original harmonious appearance of the castle. The historic materials and surfaces will be carefully restored to their original state, making their history palpable and tangible. The shape and coloration of the new building sections contrasts with the existing sections, adding another “layer” to the historic fortress. A new courtyard roof using foil cushions — a “cumulus cloud” — is intentionally designed to have a hovering effect. The roofing provides protection from the elements while drawing the surrounding natural lighting into the courtyard, the climate of which is still an outdoor space. The exterior concept is based upon a painting by Johann Fruhmann. Blooming beds of flowers, seating areas, and meandering paths make his paintings come to life. The castle itself is freed from the surrounding embankments, thus allowing it to emerge in its original splendor. An intense landscape is proposed for north of the stream. A large lawn provides space for events and festivals. A filigree bridge leads across the stream to a naturally wild area.
Location: Lengenfeld (Lower Austria)
Competition: 2nd place, 2015-2016
Use Area: 1000 m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Jan Kovatsch, Andrés Espana in cooperation with Architekt Franz Gschwantner and grünplan gmbh
The urban Südtirolerplatz square will be greatly enhanced by this functionally open, high-quality space. The idea for the new Südtirolerplatz was developed from the historic piazza principle. The new plaza will provide a contemporary stage for urban life to play out. Following the guiding concept of respectful togetherness, we propose a shared space, a “space of encounter”. This will make the streets and spaces of this important public square more attractive, as well as increasing traffic safety. Clear motor vehicle guidance is ensured by visual and design measures. The shape of a square defines the central area: A large gesture creates order from the once confusing and unclear situation of the site. A variety of events can take place upon the new plaza: Town festivals, markets, concerts, public viewings, and much more. The new plaza area invites people to pass on through or to simply sit; the Steiner Tor gateway is brought back to life by the new design. To attain a unified piazza appearance, we use a special hue of cement stones. This high-quality, homogeneous surface is highlighted by diagonal strips of Wachau marble and Waldviertel granite. The strips of natural stone cross the borders of the center plaza area in places, leading to the surrounding areas. Together with the façades of the buildings flanking the square and the surrounding granite and asphalt surfaces of the streets, a harmonious and complementary effect is attained.
Location: Südtirolerplatz, Krems (Lower Austria)
Year: Terminated by residents
Client: Stadtgemeinde Krems
Use Area: ca. 4.500 m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Alexander Enz, Andrés España und Jan Kovatsch
Traffic planning: IGP-Adolf Hasenzagl
Photos: Göbl Architektur
The Ötschertor Nature Campus ushers guests into a spectacular natural landscape upon their arrival. The traditional pre-Alpine building typology has fulfilled the needs of the people and utilized locally available materials since time immemorial. The region is characterized by the elements fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. The project is in the image of the surrounding landscape: Beautiful yet rough. By shifting the path of the existing entrance driveway and bridge, an ideal situation is created for the new building, the gateway to the nature park. A covered stairway and ramp structure leads arriving guests into the nature park center, ushering them onto a terrace. From here, they can enter the Welcome Center, the restaurant with a lakeside deck, the offices, and the multipurpose room. An atrium cuts into the building, opening, ventilating, and providing light for the entire interior of the structure. The wind turbine tower acts as a far-reaching visible symbol, an energy supply, and takes visitors to the walkable roofscape. The design also proposes a beach house with a boat dock and its own beach area. This ensemble can be reached directly from the parking lot and Welcome Center via a wooden walkway. The Ötscher Camp provides accommodations for up to 100 people in lodges, tents, and campers. The retention pool is also a pond for swimming. A centrally positioned sanitary building supplies the camp with places to cook, shower, and wash. There are numerous BBQ and fire pits on the grounds. The lodges hover over the campus grounds: Two modules provide the opportunity to stay either in simple lodgings or have the comfort of one’s own sanitary and kitchen facilities.
Location: Wienerbruck (Lower Austria)
Year: Competition 2013, 2nd Price
Use Area: ca. 1000 m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Petra Gschanes
The new Lower Austria Gallery positions itself confidently, an identity creator and international pivot point of the Krems Art Mile. The corresponding building is a compact, spatially charming functional sculpture based on the fundamental principle of the White Cube. The desired urban situation is supported by the creation of a pedestrian zone with an outdoor dining area, water pools, green zones, and a centrally positioned main entrance. A walkway connects to the World Cultural Heritage Center, leading along the west façade of the museum onto the plaza in front of the Kunsthalle. The entrance and exit to the underground parking garage is located on Steiner Donaulände, between the gallery and the Caricature Museum. The 24-meter-high new building is designed to be both a solitaire and a connector between the existing cultural institutions and is surrounded by public space on all sides. This connects the Kunsthalle, the Caricature Museum, and the Lower Ausria Gallery, infusing the urban neighborhood with renewed energy. The flexible-use exhibition spaces in the new building are distributed across four levels and are 3.5 and 4.5 meters high, with the main room reaching a full 7 meters of height. An atrium expands the exhibition areas to the outside. The Kunsthalle and Caricature Museum are connected with the new Lower Austria Gallery on the 1st upper floor. This ensures simple orientation paths and activates synergies in the operation of the museums. Various visitor scenarios and tours can be offered. An event and catering area with a deck is located on the 4th upper story. The now larger restaurant on the ground floor of the Kunsthalle can be operated independently of museum opening hours.
Location: Krems an der Donau (Lower-Austria)
Year: Competition 2015
Use Area: 10.000m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Andrés España, Alexander Enz
Harvest or pick the plants and products of the pavilion
Process harvested or picked products
Eat, drink, and enjoy the products made
Watch and observe, be inquisitive, examine, question, and discuss
Playfully learn about scientific topics on nutrition and energy
The Austria Pavilion will be inserted into the available volume of 83 x 15 x 12 meters. The building unites country and city, nature and technology, landscape and building — it sets the stage for Austria’s presentation at the EXPO 2015, a stage defined by Austria’s specialties, beauty, and innovation in alternative ways of living and eating. The Austrian pavilion will be constructed largely of native spruce timber. Wood grows quickly and is thus a viably sustainable building material that also has a long history in Austrian building traditions. Parts of the pavilion are used for various green spaces. Austrian companies have already developed innovative and tested stabilization and irrigation systems for green façades. The suspended façade is not only a clear eye-catcher, it also generates energy. So-called Solar Ivy (in red and white, the national colors), hangs from a steel grid and produces electricity. The wind tulip, an Upper Austrian product, noiselessly produces clean electricity.
Location: Milan (Italy)
Year: Competition 2013
Use Area: ca. 1000 m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Alexander Enz, Roxana Clep, Boris Steiner
This settlement represents the union of two apparent contradictions: city and village. Higher quality of life, strong social networks, high green area ratio, and reduced noise and pollution emissions are the rural qualities channeled by this settlement in Wien-Liesing. Urban benefits such as good cultural and business infrastructure and high mobility are incorporated at the same time. City plazas and boulevards, village avenues and pathways, lawns, forests, and parks come together to create a conglomerate of quantitatively and qualitatively varied open spaces and characterized the image of this new neighborhood of Liesing. Typological variety and the encouragement of social interaction ensure a high degree of spatial diversity. Certain building types are bundled together into city blocks, forming — like in a classic neighborhood — overarching units. This, in turn, serves as a basis for further differentiation. The intentional variation between private, public, and semi-public areas enables a range that covers the broad fields of the village to more dense urban structures. The urban design stands out for its maximum level of flexibility. The intimation of two scenarios makes the optimum adjustability of the proposed residential development clear.
Location: 1230 Vienna
Year: Competition 2009
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich
Go with the flow – The flow patterns of urban foot traffic are made visible through a new floor design that enters into a dialogue with its immediate surroundings and pedestrian flow patterns. Concrete blocks were chosen as the ideal material for the overall project because of the ease with which they can be industrially prefabricated and the possibility of customizing their shape. Large, natural stone slabs accentuate the main entrances of important public buildings. Old Viennese lanterns were reused in addition to the LED lighting strips sunk into the flooring, creating a modern urban ambience with a historical flair. “Less is more” is the guiding principle for the redesign of the Graben, Vienna’s longest boulevard. The restraint practiced in terms of creative intervention is visible in the calm and modest lines running along the ground. The combination of this with the Holy Trinity plague column, the two fountains, and spacious outdoor cafés creates a cosmopolitan flair. As much as possible, the precept of removing all barriers has been continued in the busy Kärntnerstrasse pedestrian zone. Here, six islands skillfully implanted in the urban landscape’s ground pattern are reminiscent of stones in a riverbed and invite passersby to linger. In a tribute to the imposing form of the Haas Haus, the polygonal ground pattern curves gently at this point. At Stephansplatz square, the pattern created by the stone slabs is oriented to the geometry of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the grand surrounding residences, thus enhancing their presence.
Location: 1010 Vienna
Year: Competition 2007
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich
The Bertholdstein Regional Winery building picks up on the special spatial qualities and historic background of the site and completes it to create a visual triad: Ruins on the hill — inn — winery. The project also pays special attention to the existing greenspaces. An expansive forecourt is created in front of the new winery, which is also used by the inn. A new and special characteristic of the regional winery is its role as gatekeeper. An exterior staircase leads one to the winery and, from here, a second staircase takes one to the old path to the Bertholdstein Ruins. This measure ensures that the new building is truly part of the overall ensemble. Level changes in the building divide the winery into two parts. The viewing warehouse is in the higher section and thus on ground level; tasting and event spaces, the kitchen, the bar, and the restroom facilities are housed in the lower section of the building. A lounge in the shape of a glass cube has been adjoined to the structure, creating an additional design element. Overall, the project concept is a one-room solution. However, the individual areas can be separated from one another using mobile dividers. The events area has an occupancy of about 60 people. Various window and door apertures, and especially the large-format sliding glass structure along the viewing deck towards Göttweig Abbey and the Krems Valley, offer interesting views and perspectives.
Location: Krems – Hollenburg (Lower Austria)
Year: Study 2012
Use Area: ca. 300m²
Design: Lukas Göbl
The Berlin Peace and Unity Memorial is conceived as a newly created entity – an entity caught up in the constant ebb and flow of historical transformation processes, but which nonetheless remains part of the larger whole. The diaphanous structure of the Freedom and Unity Memorial in Berlin commemorates the past, but also makes its visitors a part of current events. The original massiveness of the form can now only be hinted at, due to the porosity of its perforated final form — as if time had inscribed itself on the concrete cube by leaving behind the imprints of historic events. In the spirit of the passing of time, the structure is meant to be left to itself to age and undergo the ravages of time. Accordingly, the structure dissolves the boundaries between the monument, the environment, and the visitor. The building’s use of translucent concrete is the result of years of research, and symbolizes the decades of division of East and West by the Berlin Wall, which the monument commemorates. Spotlights in the base bathe the monument in different color moods.
Location: Berlin (Germany)
Year: Competition 2008
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich