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year: 1984 | typologie: commercial | status: complete

General design considerations

The actual project work, the draft and the design of a passenger ship for the Ossiachersee, is also preceded by a work with various ships of this size on the Austrian lakes. The manifestations and peculiarities of the lakes north of the Alps compared to the Kärtner lakes are very different and must have an influence on the design of the ships (water movement and wave appearance - bow ...) The appearance of the adjacent bank regions and those of the adjacent mountains do not have their own characteristics Finally, through the contrasting objects between the neighboring farmhouses, guest houses and the massively grouped holiday apartments, the dominant Ossiach monastery and the towering Landskron castle ruins. Eight landing stages are approached from the places on the lakeshore. The ship is the link through its constant return and that is also why the character of the buildings, the proportions and appearances, the lake with its deep green water and overgrown banks and mountains must be taken into account and give it an unmistakable character.

Functional assignment of the individual geometric figurations to people based on their message and effect


Orientation and decision-making area - rotated square, entrances at the corner points, by cutting the stairs in the direction of the longitudinal axis, subdivision and entrances to the main deck in the direction of travel and thus recognizing the size of the ship in its length.

Raised bar area

In the form of unfolded triangles, also readable in the ceiling, passing through the gallery to the upper observation wing and the command bridge. The lifting of the observation wing upwards causes the advance from the upper aft deck areas towards the bow.

The division also continues on the upper deck. In retreating from the aggressive cutting activity of the hull into the water, the imperative rhythm of the activity remains visible in the frames. The bow remains parallel to the water level. The resulting inner "movement" can only be felt inside the hull. The floor areas from the lower to the upper deck rise from the hull on the bow side and become cantilevered terrace decks the drive and steering propeller. The forward upper deck gets its material from the slipping of the "mass" under the navigating bridge.

Lower aft deck

In the entrance there are outflowing steps from the access square through the space constriction to the covered, open rear deck stern. Intermediate rectangular room with raised seating areas facing the water. The parapet is held down and the lintel is pulled down as a hood. The entrance narrowing is indicated in advance on the ceiling and the stern curvature towards the stern before passing through the rear end of the room and is repeated after passing through it and reinforced by the round deck (indication of the complete circular shape in the upper deck). The floor is raised to a platform.

Steps to the upper deck

Slight floor dissolution through the shiny corrugated sheet metal of the steps, leading into the light, the central wall, which is supposed to make the geometric figures visible, in a rotated sequence through the upper division square up to the circle.

Rear upper deck

From the upper, rotated, smaller division square, the access walkway to the bridge and to the lower-lying viewing wings is located at the front corner. The bridge itself enables an all-round view of the water surface, the decks and the boardwalks, and has call contact to the raised bar area and via the windows to the boardwalk. Rectangular open space in the rear upper deck, the raised seating areas of which are covered with awning sloping towards the water and the mountains. The sundeck is circularly surrounded by a half-open, rhythmically silver-colored lacquered steel mesh construction. The seats are full-surface, can be folded up when dancing, have different heights of rotation to support the rhythm and are provided with lighting on the rotating construction behind.

Draft of a new liner for the Ossiacherseeschifffahrt

Draft and design of a passenger ship on Lake Ossiach in Carinthia An excursion ship for a private shipping company on an Austrian inland lake had to be developed.

Through the design, the incentive for shipping should go beyond regular transport and encourage evening trips with various events such as company celebrations, parties, club meetings, excursions to the casino, dance evenings and special trips. The ship comes and sails all summer. It speaks, it connects the investment locations with the main town, the lake. Upstairs, on the surrounding mountain slopes, I see this ship come back again and again, every year. I also see the wave development of the ship, it is part of the design. A sequence of forms emerges. I tried to translate this into readable geometry.


Penetration into the element of water, repression of force through forward movement with a set force; Conversion into flow and flow up to corrective resolution; Examples in the pursuit of the flame of fire; in the movement of liquids; Wind; in music, in the structure of the human body. "Ranking" of the geometric figures from the bow point to the line, division, folding out the triangles in the lower and upper deck, recording the rotated entrance and access square whose corner points result in entrances and entrances, flowing to the rectangle to accommodate the seating areas for people, up to Circle and through the rhythmic design, color scheme and lighting, with the function as a dance floor in the evening, with dancing couples to the spiral.

Technical description :

Length over all 28.9 m Width over all 6.11 m Total number of passengers 217 people Rudder propeller in the central nave, electro-hydraulic power control

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