After a fantastic night in Linz with great music, good beer and some “chicken” trying to escape into the tram we finally woke up for a long No-Sun-day .

After having a big breakfast, we headed for a Linz city – tour by bus with some stops on the main sights, while the guide in a very polite and funny way explained all the major topics about the city.

Modern architecture combined with old, big green areas, many parks and a beautiful old town surrounded with medieval walls. After getting to the top of the old town we reached the Schlossmuseum from where we had a spectacular view to the Danube, the voestalpine Stahl industry and the fine city of Linz. Hot spots: the new Lentos museum, ARS electronica center, under construction Opera house and Mariendom.

Next stop the Solar-city Linz. A concept visualized by the urban planner Prof. Roland Rainer and realized with the financing of the planning and development by the city of Linz and four non- profit-making residential construction organizations in Linz. The over 1000 residential homes are either low energy construction or passive houses. Among the house planners were Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Thomas Herzog, Norbert Kaiser and Univ. Prof. Arch. DI Dr. Martin Treberspurg.

After lunch, although it started to rain the architect DI Friedrich Mühling partner of the Treberspurg & Partner Architeken gave us a tour around the solar city explaining us the concept of it and showing us many of the low energy and passive houses.

Then once again we jumped into the bus and went to the city of Wels where we met architect DI Heintz Plöderl head of the PAUAT architects who showed us Messe Wels a low energy and sustainable construction which his office designed and few other building’s in the city. It was a pity that we couldn’t enter any of the buildings and have a look in the inside of them because they were quite spectacular.

The long – rainy day ended with an all together group dinner in a nice quiet restaurant next to the Danube with good food , good wine and a Radler .


text: Christoforos Theocharis