SolarCity Centre, Linz-Pichling, Austria

SolarCity is a brand new town for 6,000 inhabitants that will be powered almost entirely by solar energy. Established in Linz-Pichling, Austria, SolarCity is based on a collaborative architectural master-plan by Auer+Weber+Architekten.

The highest possible level of compactness, diversity and multipurpose facilities, as well as the development of low-cost municipal housing, also feature in the plans.

Gardens for tenants, tranquil areas, children's playgrounds and spots for communal activities divide up the construction areas and lend them an air of small scale individuality.


Together with a wide access boulevard, the centre of this future solar-powered town will form a functional and spatial link between the town's districts, including various commercial, cultural and general service providers which will be attached as modular elements.

A linear supporting frame is being erected in the streets and courtyards to provide transparent roofing. A variety of lighting effects will be created by the use of coated, coloured and polished glass, while the roofs of the modules will be used to create solar energy.

The plan is for the central square - a 'social magnet' that can be easily reached on foot from all areas - to be the centrepiece of life in the new town.