architek[tour] tirol – guide to architecture in tyrol

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from landeck down to the south … - into the paznaun and towards the reschen pass

Starting at the regional capital Landeck, which has always served as an important junction in the Tyrolean uplands, this tour leads along the Paznaun to Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür as well as across the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis "Sun-Plateau” towards the Reschen Pass to the Austrian-Swiss-Italian boarder triangle, with its impressing public buildings and the contemporary tourism-related attractions in the middle of the – more or less – traditional villages.

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a tour to 29 buildings

Town Square and Cultural Center "Altes Kino”

Stadtplatz 1, 6500 Landeck, A
Architecture: parc architekten (2008-2010) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Landeck Open to the public: yes TIP: Film screenings, concerts and cultural events take place regularly at the "Altes Kino.”

The "Altes Kino” ("Old Cinema”) in Landeck, built by Hans Illmer in 1927, has been a cultural center for many years. After the adjacent club house was torn down, a town square that is surrounded on three sides by a brace made of white exposed concrete and glazed on one side arose in its place. Offices are situated at the front side of the new building; the two-story component attached to the cinema is used as a cultural café. The listed cinema was renovated, the attic above the cinema laid open and adapted for public utilization.

© Wolfgang Retter

Landeck State Music School

Schulhausplatz 1, Landeck, A
Architecture: ostertag ARCHITECTS (2005-2006) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Landeck Open to the public: partially

Together, the new solitary music school building, the revitalisation of the neighbouring "Klösterles” (Konvent) and a subterranean connecting passage, all form a joint architectural structure developed at a prominent town location. The building links three neighbouring spaces to form a new town centre. The new building’s glass façade opens up towards the market square; a semi-transparent layer of expanded copper provides privacy and serves as protection from the sun.

© Andreas Buchberger

Primary School Angedair

Schulhausplatz 2, 6500 Landeck, A
Architecture: Franz&Sue (2017-2018) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Landeck Open to the public: partially The secondary school on the opposite side was built by Clemens Holzmeister in 1927-29.

The heritage-listed primary school in the centre of Landeck was renovated, adapted for contemporary learning methods and extended with an annexe. On the ground floor is a hall glazed on three sides, which makes the new building look like a floating volume in the park; below it lies a gym, and on the roof is a spacious breaktime patio framed with wooden slats.

© Lukas Schaller

Landeck Retirement Home, Reconstruction

Schulhausplatz 11, 6500 Landeck, A
Architecture: gharakhanzadeh sandbichler architekten (2004) Builder-owner: Stadtamt Landeck Open to the public: partially The project was part of the architects research work on "Revitalisation with Synergy Activating Modules (s.a.m)”.

With the use of prefabricated wooden components, a constructional, functional and artistic unsatisfactory building was – without disturbing the operational service – redeveloped and converted from a retirement home into a nursing home. The more or less disused terrace balconies were removed and the rooms extended by means of box type modules. The façade was covered in sheet-copper panels, colourful sun blinds contribute to making the building look much nicer.

© Rupert Steiner

Footbridge over the river Inn

Innstraße, 6500 Landeck, A
Architecture: Thomas Schnizer (1997) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Landeck Supporting-structure planning: Wolfgang Schnizer, Andreas Sigl

As a connection between the office area on the left bank of the Inn and the business centre in the Angedair district, Thomas Schnizer designed a footbridge with a horizontal structure that has a resolving effect on the urban area. With its well thought out details and the well planned access ramps, the bridge combines the town design with constructive sensibility.

© Günter R. Wett

MPREIS, Vital Centre and Lantech Innovation Centre

Bruggfeldstraße 5, 6500 Landeck, A
Architecture: Johann Obermoser (1999-2000) Builder-owner: Lantech InnovationsgmbH Open to the public: partially The extension for a business and university building was realized in 2017 by VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN.

Situated on the grounds of a former industrial area close to the town centre is Johann Obermoser’s "trade park” with a number of, in structure and façade, differing buildings: A long stretched out building parallel to the trunk road with an MPREIS supermarket on the ground floor and offices on the protruding top floor. In addition to these, a square pavilion to the south with the "Vital Centre” and, at the end, very close to the slope the five storey high "Lantech” innovation centre.

© Günter R. Wett

Trisanna Bridge

6551 Tobadill, A
Architecture: Waagner-Biró (1964) Builder-owner: ÖBB At the east end of the bridge Wiesberg castle dating back to the 13th century, below the bridge Wiesberg power station built around 1900.

Together with the construction of the Arlberg tunnel, the construction of the steel-lattice railway bridge across the Trisanna (1882–83) was the greatest technical achievement during the complete construction of the Arlberg railway. Two huge stone piers to which the stone viaduct-arches on both sides are connected support the steel lattice construction, which at the time was Europe’s second largest bridge. The bridge was reinforced in 1923 and replaced by a steel construction in 1964.

© Nikolaus Schletterer


Elis 370, 6553 See, A
Architecture: VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN (2010) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours Accessibility: at the town entrance to See, directly on the Silvretta-Straße

Featuring a grocery market and a Baguette Bistro, the first MPREIS shop in the Paznaun Valley was built in See. The rear of the two-story structure is dug into the slope; the building opens to a large glass front towards the street. The rough-sawn timber lattices placed in front of the glass not only filter the light, but should simultaneously symbolize the building's steadfastness in the face of the threatening danger from the avalanche line lying opposite.

© Wolfgang Juen

Paznaun Secondary Modern School

Lochau 645, 6555 Kappl, A
Architecture: Noldin & Noldin (2003-2004) Builder-owner: Schulverband Paznaun Accessibility: directly on the Silvretta-Trunk Road just before Lochau The elementary school nearby was built in 2017 according to plans by stoll.wagner+partner.

The compact common school centre belonging to the four valley communities is at a right angle to the valley; its horizontal position blends with surrounding nature. The outside of the building reacts with the location’s rough climate; the inside consists of bright rooms, which have been adapted to fit their various uses with their colour and shapes. The triple gymnasium has been sunken halfway into the ground; the roof can be used for breaks and as open space.

© Margherita Spiluttini

Aradira Apartment Building

Schmiedsegg 661, 6555 Kappl, A
Architecture: VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN (2006) Builder-owner: Familie Juen Accessibility: Turn off right at the centre of Kappl (church) and follow the road for approximately 250 metres.

The small holiday apartment facility "Aradira” – name of Rhaeto-Romanic origin – consists of four apartment villas arranged terrace-shaped along the slope. Each unit offers guests maximum privacy, a small sauna and wellness facility is available for shared use.

© Wolfgang Juen

Kappl Village Centre

Kappl 112, 6555 Kappl, A
Architecture: brenner + kritzinger architekten (2007-2010) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Kappl Open to the public: partially

A new community centre cum village square between to churches and adjacent slope, have been developed in the middle of Kappl in place of both the former lower secondary school and the old local authority. The design and height development of the three "U” shaped buildings around the square take the church and the small village structures into consideration.

© Birgit Koell

St. Nikolaus Community Cultural Center

Kirchenweg 9, 6561 Ischgl, A
Architecture: parc architekten (2013) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Ischgl In 2014 the Community Cultural Center was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings”.

A place designed exclusively for the locals and their extremely active club life – the St. Nikolaus Community Cultural Center – emerged in the "tourist metropolis” of Ischgl. The defining element is an accessible roof landscape under which large parts of the cubature – such as the band rehearsal room edged into the slope as a wooden box – disappear. Together with a "parlor” available to all the clubs, the new music pavilion and a ramp with seating steps, a new village square has opened up.

© Karl Heinz


Silvretta Strasse 37, 6561 Ischgl, A
Architecture: VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN (2016) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: yes Accessibility: directly on the main road It is noteworthy that the passive house supermarket, located at 1,400 m above sea level, is heated exclusively by the waste heat from the refrigeration units.

The MPREIS grocery store with bistro in the tourist municipality of Ischgl toys with the clichés of traditional and alpine building. The striking design element of the façade is a dark green artificial lawn; inside, the wooden coffered ceiling, the laying pattern of the wooden floor and the furniture of the bistro cite classic elements of a farmhouse parlour.

© Lukas Schaller

Hotel Adler

Silvrettaplatz 4, 6561 Ischgl, A
Architecture: Paul Petter (1996) Builder-owner: Familie Kurz Open to the public: partially Accessibility: directly in the centre of the village next to the Silvretta valley station TIP: Restaurant-Café "Salz & Pfeffer"

Right in the middle of the tourism metropolis Ischgl, with its hotels and Après-Ski-Setting in between folklore and "Ballermann” (name given to a location for partying and having general fun) is the "Adler”, a building that for many doesn’t seem to suit the location. The architect – who runs the place himself – constructed a slim white building "encased” in terraces, a glass core and light coloured wooden balustrades, which offers its guests bright, simple and variable apartments.



Pardatschgrat, 6561 Ischgl, A
Architecture: Jäger Architektur (2004-2005) Builder-owner: Silvretta Seilbahn AG Ischgl Open to the public: only open during the winter season Accessibility: from Ischgl with the Pardatschgrat lift (approx. 15 min.)

The panorama restaurant with its congress centre on top of the 2.620 metres high Pardatschgrat in the Ischgl skiing area is distinguished by its simple forms and materials. A particular challenge during the construction of the two buildings was to find a technological solution to compensate for the frost-thaw rising and sinking of the ground below.

© Fotostudio Mario

Addis Abeba(r) Ski Hut

Galtür 1b, 6563 Galtür, A
Architecture: VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN (2007) Builder-owner: Adalbert Walter Open to the public: daily from 10:00 hrs, Après Ski during the season from 15:00 hrs

Situated at the Alpkogel skiing slope in the Galtür skiing area is the "Addis Abeba[r]”, a ski hut without the usual hut romanticism. With the basic idea being a snow crystal, ventira architects placed a white cube with cut-outs and a protruding panorama window box on the slope.

© Albrecht I. Schnabel

Zams Senior Citizen Nursing Home

Tramsweg 8, 6511 Zams, A
Architecture: Johann Obermoser (1995-1996) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Zams, Gemeinde Schönwies Open to the public: partially

Johann Obermoser designed an – for Tyrol – early example of the further development of a building project to provide accommodation for older citizens and those in need of nursing. The outside of the building is dominated by the glass façade, which brightens the inside allowing the residents to casually take part in "outside” life. Towards the yard the L-shaped building presents itself in a warm wood.

© Bruno Klomfar

Village Center Redevelopment Fließ

Dorf 120, 6521 Fließ, A
Architecture: Rainer Köberl, Daniela Kröss (2013-2015) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Fließ Open to the public: partially Accessibility: Directly in the center of Fließ TIP: Located opposite is the Weißes Kreuz cultural inn, which consistently offers exhibitions and events.

The "Stuemergründe” village center, designed by Rainer Köberl and Daniela Kröss, emerged as the winning project of a novel competition procedure with the intensive involvement of the residents of Fließ. Their project breaks up the complex spatial allocation plan—from the village hall, to a doctor’s office and commercial space, right up to apartments—into three different structures. Developed in reference to the small-scaled village structure, the buildings are arranged on the building lot in such a manner that attractive square sequences and vistas were created.

© Lukas Schaller

DOZ – Dorfzentrum (Village Centre)

Dorf 87, 6521 Fließ, A
Architecture: AllesWirdGut (2000-2001) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Fliess Open to the public: partially TIP: Archaeological Documentation Centre Via Claudia Augusta in the village centre.

At a sensitive building plot very close to the church, cemetery and vicarage, the village centre forms, due to its independent architectural "language”, a new profane centre. The angular crystalline free-standing building, with its shape being determined by height, spacing regulations and mix of functions, contains variable and combinable open rooms at staggered levels – among others the tourist information office and a café.

© Hertha Hurnaus

FREIRAUM! (Open Air Classroom for the Fließ Nature Park School)

Dorf 181, 6521 Fließ, A
Architecture: he und du (2016-2017) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Fließ The open air classroom built by pupils received a special prize at the 2018 Tyrolean State Prize for New Building Awards.

From the original notion of building a tree house with pupils, a whole open air classroom — a simple wooden structure docked with a footbridge and a terrace onto the slope above the school — evolved in a complex process. From the project idea, to the design, up to the 1: 1 implementation, the project was accompanied in numerous subject areas, enabling a specific topic to be covered in an interdisciplinary manner.

© David Schreyer

Sports and Leisure Facility Fließ

Dorf 180a, 6521 Fließ, A
Architecture: AllesWirdGut (2019-2021) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Fliess Open to the public: yes Accessibility: from the village centre towards the west (approx. 15 min walk) The facility was built with the help of the population; about 15,000 hours were spent by association members and volunteers free of charge.

The municipality of Fliess has been trying for several years to counteract the threat of migration. After a multifunctional village centre, the sports and leisure facility is another building block to encourage young people to stay in the village. Based on the topography, the architects placed several horizontally layered levels on, over and against the edge of the hillside: including a clubhouse, a sauna structure by the outdoor pool and a cantilevered deck along the main football field.

© tschinkersten fotografie

Refugio Laudegg

Schloßweg 1, 6532 Ladis, A
Architecture: VENTIRAARCHITEKTEN (2009) Builder-owner: Florian Klotz, Thomas Klotz

Seen as a pleasing contemporary contrast and built at the foot of Laudegg Castle (1200s) in Ladis is the "Refugio Laudegg” apartment house. The four buildings, slightly staggered in position and height, remind, with their small components and materials, of the traditional stable construction method. The new facility, the castle, restaurant, lake and impressing mountain world, together, all form a homogeneous ensemble.

© Wolfgang Juen

"Villa Rasilla" – Holiday Home

Lourdes 15, 6534 Serfaus, A
Architecture: Noldin & Noldin (2001) Builder-owner: Philipp Schwarz

At the east border of Serfaus is Villa Rasilla – The name stems from a Rhaeto-Romanic term for field name – a holiday home designed by Noldin & Noldin. The two ground floor levels with the wellness-sauna-area, the bedrooms and bathrooms, have been built as a masonry wall construction; the top floor has been added as a self-supporting wooden cube with a wide and protruding partially roofed terrace.

© Günter R. Wett

Metro Serfaus

Dorfbahnstraße, 6534 Serfaus, A
Architecture: Hanno Vogl-Fernheim (2017-2019) Builder-owner: Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH Open to the public: yes Accessibility: The stations are located along Dorfbahnstraße at no. 7 (Parkplatz), no. 25 (Kirche), no. 43 (Zentrum), no. 75 (Seilbahn).

Since 1984/85, an underground air cushion funicular has been connecting the eastern end of the village of Serfaus with the cable cars in the west. In the course of renewing the technical installations, the four stations were adapted to today's requirements and designed as non-barrier meeting places, each with its own character. The two stations "Kirche" and "Zentrum" in the centre of the village were completely rebuilt.

© David Schreyer

Stiglgryzg'te Indoor Swimming Pool, Hotel Maximilian

Herrenanger 4, 6534 Serfaus, A
Architecture: Reinhardt Honold, Wolfgang Pöschl (1988) Builder-owner: Familie Tschuggmall The hotel was converted and reopened at the end of 2009.

At the time of its completion, the Hotel Maximilian indoor swimming pool was one of the rarest examples of alpine tourism architecture away from the usual clichés. The architects set a radical statement by means of a "controlled collision” with the existing building; a "glass tent” with a sophisticated tensioned roof construction, understood as being an artificial form for an artificial location. Its name, an old dialect term for disorder, was given to the swimming pool by the villagers.

© Christoph Lackner

"Arche”– Holiday Home

Dorfbahnstraße 58, 6534 Serfaus, A
Architecture: Bettina Platter (2006)

Situated directly in the centre of Serfaus is the generously designed Arche holiday home. Above the ground floor, in which apart from the living area there is a self-sufficient holiday flat, is a protruding wooden box with four large bedrooms. Slightly at an angle to this, the top floor offering guests a large wellness area including an atrium and restroom and a view of the skies.

© Lukas Schaller

Pezid Apartments

Dorfbahnstraße 62, 6534 Serfaus, A
Architecture: Giner + Wucherer, Andreas Pfeifer (2005-2006) Builder-owner: Pezid TIP: ©hill-Lounges – comfortable cosy corners overlooking magnificent mountain scenery.

The Pezid apartments in Serfaus are a classic example of the intelligent restructuring of post war architectural "burdens of the past”. The old, hardly ever put to use balcony façade, was transformed into useful space with loggias with "reclining-chair-oriels” integrated on the inside. In 2007 this transformation to a "modern-mountain-hotel” was awarded the BTV (bank for Tyrol and Vorarlberg) - Building-Owner-Award-Tyrol.

© Günter R. Wett

Town Hall Nauders

Nauders 221, 6543 Nauders Nauders, A
Architecture: gritsch.haslwanter architekten (2019-2020) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Nauders

The new town hall in Nauders emerged - like many others - from a competition supported by the Tyrolean Village Renewal. A compact exposed concrete structure with a light gable roof gives the community an appropriate presence through its form and height development. Between the new building and the former town hall from the 1950s, which has now been repurposed, an attractive village square has been created.

© Günter R. Wett

MPREIS Nauders

Nauders 257, 6543 Nauders, A
Architecture: Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten (2005) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours TIP: Places worth while visiting in and around Nauders: Naudersberg Castle, Nauders fortress and the Altfinstermünz and Sigmundseck fortresses.

At a slight distance from the Reschenpass-Straße, the MPREIS supermarket curves along the gentle back of a slope towards the Schloßberg. The inside offers a high two-part illuminated main room with a visible wooden construction area for the shelves for goods. For the daylight sensitive fresh goods, a low, closed, element as an introverted backbone embedded in the slope.

© Lukas Schaller