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Free space for lateral thinkers

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Free spaces in architecture can be created in very different ways. A particularly impressive example of free space in building construction is given by the transformation of a former tank hall in Salzburg into lofts. This project was implemented by the smartvoll Architekten ZT bureau of architects from Vienna, who describe themselves as a team of lateral thinkers and visionaries. Their motto in line with this concept: “Everything stays different”.

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This fascinating building, which was converted in 2015, has been put to a wide range of uses, with retailers, trades, and creative professions all under one roof. These uses include a market hall, restaurants, a medical centre, exhibition and commercial spaces as well as lofts.

smartvoll architects from Vienna won the international design competition for the loft in the Panzerhalle. The architects realised their own vision of a loft over an area of 350 m2 and two floors. Not only the size, but also the eight metre-high ceiling came in handy in this respect. They decided against using fixed walls as room partitions as they wanted to realise an open-plan living concept.

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Stair architecture from behind
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