On 26 June, the new “House of Digitalisation” by TU Graz – pioneer of digitalisation at Austrian universities – moved into the listed property on Brockmanngasse 84. It will be home to all departments and initiatives by TU Graz striving to digitalise the university.
The listed older building will be transformed to become itself a place for transformation: with the university’s House of Digitalisation, a particularly forward-thinking tenant is moving into the venerable building on Brockmanngasse 84 in Graz. Designed by architect Leopold Hoheisel and built in 1931/32, the BLM building is a listed property and was, for many years, rented by a branch office of the central bank of Austria, Oesterreichische Nationalbank. Before the new tenant moved in, the property was given a complete overhaul by IG Immobilien, who are responsible for the maintenance as well as the administration and marketing of BLM properties. “On around 700 m², TU Graz employees from various departments will find a place for cross-disciplinary collaboration and digital transformation processes. The opening of the House of Digitalisation marks the beginning of a new phase in the history of this building,” says Hermann Klein, Managing Director at IG Immobilien. Before the property passed into the ownership of the BLM, it was home to a post office garage with attached servicing area.
Harald Heinz, principal of TU Graz, is pleased about the pioneering project on Brockmanngasse: “TU Graz is the first university in the country to open a House of Digitalisation, and the modern office spaces on Brockmanngasse 84 offer the ideal space for it. All departments and initiatives dedicated to turning TU Graz into a digital university will be located here.”
Refurbishment and letting from a single provider
IG Immobilien Group is a leading player in constructing, running and maintaining properties and is an expert when it comes to refurbishing listed buildings: in addition to the BLM property in Graz, IG Immobilien recently completed the comprehensive redevelopment of the former district court in Döbling, Vienna. The property was lovingly restored and now offers a modern work environment in a historic setting. The two listed residential buildings on Fleischmarkt 18 and Hohenstaufengasse 7 were also successfully modernised by IG Immobilien. “IG Immobilien is not merely a landlord – in most cases, we’re also directly in charge of real estate development and facility management. By bundling comprehensive services, we can offer our tenants everything they need from a single source,” says Hermann Klein.