masterplan saalfelden

collaborators: di stavroula tsafou, tim fahrner, raffael schwärzler, di ibrahim el ghoubashy


mahore architects were commissioned to elaborate a masterplan for Saalfelden, with focus to city center.

A strategy for future development will be defined through an open procedure and a public participation of citizens together with SIR, CIMA, municipal council, city marketing and tourism association.
Starting with the analysis of 20ha city center, the masterplan is an integrative overall plan. It shows an urbanistic future vision, which gives quantitative and qualitative statements for the urban development that also enables implementation strategies.

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A. Attraction knots

Attraction knots are points of interest, in which main streets of the city pass through

Existing and future attraction knots in Saalfelden. Along these red connections the pedestrian and low speed cycling should be encouraged


B. Urban objectives

An important criterion for the quality of the cities we live is to design the development objectives in a conscious way. Measures for this reason are the definition of districts and centres, which will be connected with respective axes, directions and knots or squares.

Multiple functions – City with benefit for young and old

The principle of multiple functionality is supported by the short city ways and creates benefits for young and old people through the following points:

Priority of city centre rather than peripherals
− Promotion of the mixed uses
− Concentration of the spatial development of the city and their connection to public transport

Space connection

The city life is profits from the development of new attraction knots, connected with the existing ones. The masterplan now provides only the design of critical points, which are the missing links of a continuous „promenade“ up until this day. The Florianiplatz is not only a central distribution of all directions from or to the center, but also makes the essential link between the town hall square and the upper market (pedestrian). In order to create continuous attractive public space, the design of these missing connections is a top priority.

Relationship between the empty space. the unattractive connections and the attraction knots.
– Red = Empty ground floor zones
– Black lines = designed and attractive paths
– Red lines = unattractive paths and/or lost connection

Ensemble effect  / Identification of public space

People strive for spatial identification units to which they belong. This can be achieved in urban areas, mainly through closed building structures – this creates city. Public space in the city thrives on quality residential areas without pressure to consume. Site-specific and formative view properties such as uniform openings in facades, etc. are to support the ensemble with a vertical layout of each building, enhancing the effect of ensemple, taking always into consideration the local environment.


Representation of the closed building structures (houses are built in compact way) and the open structures, where the public space gets lost.

The characteristics of the city are continuing. The ensembles arise and the city continually gets constructed and built.

Density model / Building heights

Density plan of the existing city structure, the darker the color is, the higher the buildings are.

Mixed functions

Functional types of the building in the city core Saalfelden. Status Fall 2014

Mixed functions for urban diversity and  vitality. Neutral uses in the ground floor can provide different functions.

Florianiplatz currently

Meeting zone Florianiplatz in Saalfelden: Through the reduction of parking places, the way from town hall to pedestrian street will be more attractive. The upper Florianiplatz can be used as a pub garden in the future.

Oberer Kirchplatz: currently the dormant circulation dominates

Oberer Kirchplatz with pub gardens and Obere Lofererstraße with a reduced street width of 4,7 m. Parking in  „Pavement“

Crossing B164 and Mühlbachweg currently.

Spacious cross over through the B164 in the town hall area, the zebra lane will be removed and replaced with marked cross lanes.

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