LOVE architecture

architecture and urbanism


Good architecture creates intimacy and changes reality. LOVE was founded in 1998, with the aim to develop, to market and to realise innovative building systems. In 2002, the subsidiary brandfield was founded. It focuses on the strategic brand development of real estates. Both companies aim to create architecture that will excite on the long-term.



The project, an office building of the Landesimmobiliengesellschaft (provincial real estate department), is situated in the heart of Graz’s old town. The project goals were to adapt and renovate the building and to add annexes. The renovation was based on the Graz tradition, with its characteristic three-dimensional, “dynamic facades” (created with a special plastering technique) and typical “Grazerstock” windows (re-interpreted with contemporary methods): The ceiling-high window casements (mounted in front of the façade at a slight angle towards the plane of the façade) face the square and therefore reflect by turn the activities in the square, the surrounding building fronts or the sky in different refraction.


Pictures: Jasmin Schuller


The construction of small apartments that are relatively inexpensive yet still high quality is currently one of the most essential challenges in housing construction. The Ragnitzstraße 36 project is meeting these conflicting priorities in the following manner: A structurally simple, systematic and efficiently designed base building structure houses all apartments. To the south, this structure is flanked by zigzag-shaped, spacious balconies, while the north side features a pergola opening encased in expanded metal. The larch-wood balcony railings are placed in a fan-like manner along the zigzag rhythm of the cantilever slab, with both materials and workmanship creating a homely atmosphere. The north-facing pergola blocks the traffic noise of the Ragnitzstraße. The expanded metal façade is mounted such that it appears almost transparent from the west. However, when approaching the building from the east, the façade appears closed and volumetric, which creates a kind of visual tilting effect as one passes the building. Overall, the appearance of the structure varies dramatically depending on the viewer’s perspective, which gives the building a very sculptural and three-dimensional feel.

Hans Sachsgasse 8/2, 8010 Graz

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