InsideOut seeks to recover the Industrial Heritage, moving away from a nostalgic approach, and actively engaging with the current local activity through small scale urban manufacturing, low and high skilled services, and housing units. The main road access next to the site holds most of the production spaces that characterize the municipality of Kriens and its connection to Lucerne, including small garages, power plants, as well as schools and universities and services. These buildings, however, were designed around motorized traffic and are not visible from the street, making it difficult to create a positive dynamic attractive to the pedestrian. This proposal takes advantage of the existing programmatic variety and aims to reinforce its potential by bringing visibility to these activities.
The main urban strategy consists on opening up the public the spaces of manufacture, maintenance and storage that are currently isolated and scattered along the main road axis. Two of the halls of the Andritz area are transformed into a new productive axis, strongly anchored into the main street and public transportation system and providing at the same time awareness and visibility to local businesses and productive activities.