Start of Project: Februar 2018
End of Project: Jänner 2021

Project Location

Entwicklungsgebiet "Smart City Graz"

Link to Project Website


Franziska Schruth

  • © Patricia Varga
  • © green.LAB Graz
  • ©Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH
  • © Daniel Derndorfer
  • © StadtLABOR
  • © StadtLABOR
  • © StadtLABOR

green.LAB – permanent temporary oasis in urban transformation processes

The former industrial area of the Smart City District in the Waagner-Biro-Straße in Graz is undergoing a dynamic transformation process. In addition to already existing buildings, as well as those being currently under construction, there are still several brownfield lands within the district. These sites have been already used by the city district management operating there. The innovative temporary utilization concepts of brownfield sites should now be implemented in combination with topics related to green infrastructure and climate change adaptation as a strategic tool for sustainable urban development. 


The objective of the project is to develop and implement a scalable temporary urban green utilization concept for urban brownfield sites. For this purpose an innovative demonstration building will be constructed based on a modular timber construction (Urban Boxes) combined with green building concepts, biodiversity, district garden, etc. This should enable interested people to permanently or temporarily experience, shape and implement the green infrastructure in their district as a central climate change adaptation measure in cities. 


For this purpose an innovative demonstration building will be constructed as an example of a temporary use (green.LAB) on the brownfield area in the Smart City district. The green.LAB is a further development of the Urban Boxes of Energie Steiermark aiming at development of a transportable modular timber construction combined with green building concepts, biodiversity, district garden, rainwater management as well as efficient energy supply and the use of renewable energy sources. The green.LAB will be open to different target groups (neighbors / citizens, developers, investors, schools, businesses, administration) as a low-threshold, open learning, working and exhibition space for all topics revolving around urban green as well as a meeting point in the city district. It should be also temporarily used as the office of the district management.

The green.LAB as a demonstration building with an innovative temporary-use concept should be scaled up in different urban development areas after the completion of the project. Moreover, concrete usage scenarios as well as use cases, including business models for the “green urban boxes” will be developed and evaluated.


The major results are: (1) implementation of the green.LAB as a demonstration building in timber containing green infrastructure and an innovative temporary use concept, (2) an elaborated plan for implementing green infrastructure in the city district, (3) additional ideas for temporary uses in the district, (4) post-usage scenarios and business models for the green.LAB and the “green” urban boxes, and (5) answers to questions regarding modular timber constructions and green infrastructure.


- GBG Gebäude- und Baumanagement Graz GmbH (Project Management)

- Stadt Graz – Stadtbaudirektion (Umweltamt)

- StadtLABOR  Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität GmbH 

- Technische Universität Graz (Institut für Gebäude und Energie)

- Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH 

- Grünstattgrau Forschungs- und Innovations- GmbH 

- Energie Steiermark AG


Klima- und Enegiefonds within the framework of the programme “Smart Cities Demo”