European Capital of Culture - Drava River, Maribor 2012

competition, 2010



Partner: feld72 und bauchplan (Landschaftsarchitektur)


The two embankments (Lent and Tabor) of the River Drava are treated in different ways and will be linked by the new pedestrian bridge.

The urban character of the Lent side (where the new museum will also be situated) is emphasized by creating a visible overlay of the historical layers with the new concept of creating a sequence alternating between hard floor areas and soft floor areas, both with hard edges towards the existing context. The hard floor areas are characterized by slanted polygonal slabs out of concrete as a structural approach for different densities and intensities of uses instead of designing object based urban furniture. This folded floor can adopt water puddles (by plugging the drain), lighting systems and it can fold up to seating areas. It also serves as a natural traffic speed control. The soft floor areas are defined by trees and open for informal uses.

The steeply scarped Tabor side is interpreted as "Hanging Garden", being structured by a 6% ramp system (based on a barrier free access) serving as bike-pedestrian paths, meandering smoothly up and down the hill of the embankment.

New Pedestrian Bridge

Together with its pontoon-islands the new bridge turns into a center of a new social urbanity. Suggested functions are a swimming pool, a station for the public boat line, a pontoon as landing for small boats, a tribune and neutral pontoons serving as meeting and relaxation spaces or extension of the youth club/ bar at the Studenska Bridge and as seating for fishermen/women. In winter the pontoons will change according to the season. The pool can turn into an ice-skating rink and the unused pontoons can be stored.