In the middle of the picturesque Salzburg landscape, separated from the city of Salzburg only by the hill of Plainberg, lays the village of Bergheim. In the 1970s an industrial area was created in its outskirts. In this industrial zone, which exists in similar form everywhere in Austria, the mail order company “Universal Versand” also set up its operation. Business was good, and the warehouse and administration building that had been built at the beginning were soon no longer enough. Until the end of the 1980s, the concrete building was continuously expanded, adapted and reconstructed. Tightly packed and fully built, nowadays the conglomerate consists of a loading yard, a high-rack warehouse, a storage building and countless smaller extensions, and has a total of 30,000m² of usable space.
In the following decades, increasing globalization and the emergence of online shopping platforms revolutionized the mail order business. As a result, the “Universal Versand” warehouses were no longer needed. But what to do with dark hangars that were designed as a warehouse for pallets and not as a place for people?