Graz Reininghaus

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The grounds of the former Reininghaus brewery, covering 50 hectares, represent the largest undeveloped area near the center of Graz, Austria’s second largest city. They are southwest of the main train station in the district called Eggenberg, 2 kilometers away from Graz’s well-known clocktower. The area includes fields, ponds and in part landmarked industrial architecture from the former brewery. The historically rare basement vaults cover 1.5 hectares and were made to store beer in spaces up to 8 meters high.

After many attempts to revitalize the area, the property was purchased in 2003 by the real estate company Asset One AG close to the investor Ernst Scholdan and a new development project was initiated. The project represents the largest private city development project in Austria. The new owners have begun a process of renewal out of which until now only the first part has been made public involving an initial phase of theoretical deliberations. Instead of hiring architects to make the plans, 32 residents of Graz were invited to try to find out what really moves society. The results were published in 2007 in the book Conceptions of the Desirable (ISBN 978-3-211-71259-7).

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In 1669, a brewery was built for the first time next to the largest duty building in Graz in the area of the stone field. In 1855, the Westphalian Johann Peter Reininghaus together with his brother Julius founded the company “Brüder Reininghaus” and built the first...
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