Reinventing the Block

The Strubergasse housing development is an urban master plan for the addition of 168 affordable housing units and the inclusion of extensive landscape design in the Lehen district of Salzburg. Lehen is a high-density neighborhood directly accessible to the city center, with a strong infrastructure and access to public transportation. These attributes make the area ideal for future construction projects and provide the initial starting point for the creation of a comprehensive master plan.

The design reacts to this existing urban condition by reinterpreting the historical Blockrandbebauung design traditionally found in European city centers. The Blockrandbebauung is an architectural building type characterized by the creation of street-facing dwellings on the perimeter of the block, the interior of which contain courtyards and plazas connected to the exterior by alleys.

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LocationSalzburg, Austria
TypeResidential / Urban Planning
Area121,632 ft2 / 11,300 m2
StatusCompetition, Honorable Mention
ClientGSWB Gemeinnützige Salzburger Wohnbaugesellschaften
TeamBettina Zerza, Principal
Tobias Bernecker, Michael Casey,
Ian Gordon, Julia Schafhauser,
Philip Weller

Landscape Design: Regioplan Ingenieure Salzburg GmbH

Design Management: Bernhard Stocker

Landscape Design


Morphology of the Structure

Distribution of Volume


Landscape Concept

Distribution of Buildings

Ground Floor and Public Space

Site Plan