concept book

Mozart hated Salzburg. The departure point of this concept was to consider the actual urban feel in Salzburg, both during the Mozart 2006 festival and during Mozart's life. Compression. Isolation. Density. Now, then, and in the future, the periphery offers space for reflection, meditation, and contemplation. Defining this edge condition, the medieval fortifications were also the mediators of inside and outside, the interface and boundary, physically and psychologically shaping the story of Mozart and the people of Salzburg for ages.


The ruins and ghosts of the city walls informed the dramaturgy of several urban interventions, which lure the visitors on a "pilgrimage" away from the overpopulated narrow streets and alleys to the rolling Mönchsberg woods, where emotionally powerful viewpoints to the mountains and over the city allow a more subtle storytelling of Mozart's Salzburg.

The concept explores historic meanings and artistic interpretations of walls, leading to the reconstruction of the fortifications with shadow-absorbing sound corridors and mediatectural hypersurfaces of unknown materials. Viewfinders enhanced the network of stagesets allowing visitors four-dimensional tourism of the hotspots (transdimensional event spaces) from strategic viewpoints.



Research, copy, and design of concept book Mozart 2006: Process for the Stadt Salzburg. Commissioned by Nofrontiere Design.