“Let me take on a short journey through the journey and approach of sustainability journey of the new stadiums in Austria,” offers #SBS21 guest speaker Harald Fux, CEO of Vienna-based architects Raumkunst.
Harald started his career as project architect for the New Innsbruck stadium, then for Salzburg (now called Red Bull Arena). He then worked on venues for the UEFA EURO2008 Championship in Innsbruck, Salzbrug and Klagenfurt.
Harald says that “with the new stadiums for Innsbruck in 2000 and Salzburg (2003) the basic needs for modern stadiums in Austria began to be satisfied as these replaced dated facilities which were no longer compatible with modern aspects and regulations”.
“But the new stadium in Klagenfurt – an arena primarily built for UEFA’s EURO2008 Championships – began to incorporate more sustainable features. And now with new stadiums in St. Pölten, Vienna and most recently Linz, many more sustainable aspects and ideas are being embraced.”
In 2021, his firm won the competition for the new Lask Arena in Linz (pictured), which is currently under construction and will set new standards for sustainable venue design.
As well as lecturing at Universities in Vienna and Munich, Harald is president of the IAKS International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Austrian Section and Member of the UIA United International Architects Sports and Leisure Group.
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