sandra janser and elisabeth koller: ready. steady. go!
sandra janser and elisabeth koller: ready. steady. go! sandra janser and elisabeth koller: ready. steady. go!
nov 23, 2010

sandra janser and elisabeth koller: ready. steady. go!

‘ready. steady. go!’ by sandra janser and elisabeth koller all photos © ochoresotto




designboom has been sent images of ‘ready. steady. go!’, an installation by austrian architects sandra janser and elisabeth koller which is meant to provide a visual frame within the jakomini district of graz, austria. the intention of the project is to define the streets of jakoministraße and klosterwiesgasse, by marking them as a significant design area within the city.




aerial view of the installation




the entrance to the jakomini district is clearly recognized by its north and south street endings. ‘ready. steady. go!’ revamps these streets, leaving them with a fresh inviting look for visitors to explore in the form of a running track. the vibrant red installation with dividing track lines in gray, attracts attention to the changes in the quarter and is meant to make people stop and absorb the newly created atmosphere. in total it measures 750 meters or 4600 square meters along the streets and pavement around the block.




a view of the track lanes




the project was a result of a competition in which people were asked to re-envision the jakonomi district. ‘ready. steady. go!’ was presented during the course of design month graz 2010.




preparing the ‘ready. steady. go!’ track

  • Does anybody know what the thing they’re using on the pavement is? What material/paint? Anyone can give me some specific information?! Thank you in advance!

    Joni says:
  • i do live in graz and have seen it (and walked over it) quite often. i don’t know what the exact material is, but its some sort of rubbery paint.

    to be honest, the installation started to look like crap a few days after it was done because its more black than red now people are walking over daily. and additionally i can not see the framing effect around a small block. could have been done a lot better..

    m says:
  • @Joni, the material is called Tartan

    definition from _

    Tartan Track is the trademarked all-weather synthetic track surfacing made of polyurethane which is used for track and field competitions.
    It lets athletes compete in bad weather without serious performance loss (as opposed to running in what turns into mud) and improves their results over other surfaces.
    It also provides a more consistent surface for competition even under optimum weather. Such tracks have become the standard for most elite competitions.
    Because the “Tartan” brand name was the first and was widely successful in its time, the name Tartan has incorrectly become a genericized trademark for an all-weather running track.

    rcpinto says:
  • this is a GREAT installation! 🙂
    i will be in Graz next weekend to see it!

    tiago fortuna . comunicair says:
  • Love it, at least on the pictures! Don’t know if I wanted red streets every day in reality, but on these images it looks spectacular!

    tanïa says:
  • in the first picture it looks like there is a little ninja dude in a black cape walking the tightrope

    Jono says:
  • proč sakra todle v rakousku de a u nás by se každej posral?

    marekarel says:
  • @joni: it’s a road marking material, that has been painted on the street.

    if says:

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