The area of the newly built state administration in St. Pölten is referred to as government district (also called Landhausviertel).
The government district is located east of the old town, right on the Traisen. It stretches between the river in the east, Wiener Straße (with Wienerbrücke, B1), Rennbahnstraße (B1), Siegfried Ludwig Platz and Niederösterreich-Ring (B1a, with Julius-Raab-Brücke). About the Traisen it still has its own bridge in between, the Landhaussteg.
St. Pölten was in 1986 Lower Austrian state capital. Therefore, the provincial government with the Office of the Lower Austrian government from the Vienna Herrengasse should move here. The Austrian architect Ernst Hoffmann emerged victorious from an international architectural competition. 1992 saw the ground-breaking ceremony under Governor Siegfried Ludwig. In the undeveloped area of the Traisenufer of the city was built in five years, the entire complex, which houses the state government. In 1997, the building was ready so far that the entire administration could move. On the banks of the Traisen is the state building, which is designated according to its shape as the ship. Behind it rises the 80 m high sound tower. Directly connected to the area is the cultural district of St. Pölten in which the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, an exhibition hall by Hans Hollein, and the National Museum are housed.
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