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Eisenstadt, Austria, 1996.
An extension for a town in Austria – home to a magnificent Hapsburg palace – adjoins the traditional linear center formed along the town high street. Located on a sloping site, the project seeks to reinforce movement perpendicular to the main street in order to move closely integrate the town and its extension. The main building type is a low-rise loft building, predominantly residential but also holding the possibility of housing small commercial activities, including telecommuting, and a limited amount of retail. Community facilities – meeting rooms, child-care facilities, medical offices, etc. – are also provided within the format of the loft typology. Site organization is designed to create extensive car-free zones for leisure and play and to take advantage of southern exposures and views.