The structure on JuliusTandlerPlatz, visible from far away, is a true land mark. While a number of rail arteries meet at FranzJosefsBahnhof, the lively headquarters are based one level higher, in the heart of Vienna’s Alsergrund. Shortly before its trans formation into a multifunctional urban district, the equally beloved and hated location provides the festival with a stage that will send a signal: From the former cafeteria to the conference room to the kaleidoscopically sparklinginner courtyard, the edifice erected by Karl Schwanzer and co. in 1978 willoffer multifaceted opportunities for ten days – as a colorful playground for game design, for example. Located over the rail station, the iconic con struction will also contribute to the selfimage of a festival that serves as a hub. So get in (open to the public forthe first time), depart (into a variety of design realms), and arrive (in a colorfully shimmering design universe)!