architek[tour] tirol – guide to architecture in tyrol

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new building in tyrol 2010 - a tour to the award-winning projects

Since 1996, the regional government’s culture department, cooperating with the architects’ branch of the Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, the Tyrolean branch of the Zentralverband, a voluntary association of Austrian architects, and aut. architektur und tirol , every other year awards prizes for distinguished new buildings in Tyrol that are outstanding examples of meeting contemporary architectural challenges both esthetically and functionally, with special regard for innovation.

The tour leads across Tyrol – from Imst via Stams to Innsbruck, to Absam and Wattens and across to East Tyrol – to the nine buildings honoured in 2010 and with this, to projects from almost all spheres of life: To a girls boarding school, to residential buildings for students, to homes for senior citizens and to nursing homes, to a sports hall, a cultural and event centre and, a supermarket.

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a tour to 9 buildings

Gurgltal Nursing Centre

Pfarrgasse 10, 6460 Imst, A
Architecture: Bruno Moser, Moser Kleon Architekten (2009-2010) Builder-owner: Gemeindeverband Wohn- und Pflegeheim Imst und Umgebung Open to the public: partially Accessibility: in the centre of Imst There is an MPREIS supermarket designed by Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architects about 300 metres along the main road to Tal.

The new Gurgltal Nursing Centre situated close to the town centre replaces the "Kind-Hearted Sisters Old Peoples Home”, which was demolished a few years ago. The project by ARGE Moser Kleon Moser shifts the desired village character to an organised residential group level, with each party having an own kitchen. In a familiar ambience the elderly residents are provided with a new home equipped with adequate contemporary resources.

© Markus Bstieler

Internatsschule für Schisportlerinnen (Adaptation and Development of the Stams Boarding School for Female Ski-Sports Pupils)

Wirtsgasse 1, 6422 Stams, A
Architecture: Dieter Tuscher, Martin Maximilian Weiskopf (2008) Builder-owner: Verein Internatsschule für Schisportler Open to the public: partially Accessibility: Just after the trunk road turn-off towards the town centre. The "key-building” of modern Tyrol, the Stams Skiing Grammar School constructed in the late 1970s by Othmar Barth can be found in the immediate vicinity.

The former "Speckbacher” public house has served as a boarding school since the founding of the Skiing Grammar School in the 1970s. The hipped roof house originating from the Baroque era was carefully adapted by Dieter Tuscher and Martin Weiskopf to fit modern requirements. A long new building slightly sunk into the ground was built right next to the older construction. Two room-wings and the connecting passage enclose, as a U-shape, a grassed courtyard open to the west.

© Henning Koepke

Bischof-Paulus-Heim (student‘s residence)

Santifallerstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Johannes Wiesflecker (2007-2008) Builder-owner: TIGEWOSI Open to the public: partially The neighbouring "Petrus Canisius” Parish Church was under construction between 1968 and 1972 and built according to plans drawn up by Horst Parson.

In response to the town planning situation in the vicinity of the square shaped church from Horst Parson and, as a transition from residential buildings down to the banks of the Inn zone, Johannes Wiesflecker built a high-standard student’s residence with generously designed rooms and common areas all packed into two basic square buildings of different character. Beneath the building is a hollow space serving as a passage to the Inn.

© Markus Bstieler

Living Near the University Bridge

Fürstenweg 5, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Manzl Ritsch Sandner (2007-2009) Builder-owner: ZIMA Open to the public: partially TIP: The inner courtyard is worth while visiting!

From the outside, the solitary building at the university bridge – a residential building mainly built for use by students – presents itself as a shiny white "monolith” with a distinctive cut off corner and rhythmic offset window openings. A house high "entrance slot” leads to the completely different "inside world” where two bent wall slabs covered with oak slats form a paved courtyard accessible via wide loggia landings.

© B&R

MPREIS in the Kaufhaus TYROL

Maria-Theresien-Straße 35, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Rainer Köberl (2009-2010) Builder-owner: MPREIS, Baguette, Sensei, Del'iris Open to the public: during opening hours Accessibility: Basement of the TYROL department store TIP: Ideal for the in between meal

Similar to the Innsbruck main railway station, the architects were presented with the challenge of adapting a representative branch of the Tyrolean MPREIS chain to fit into a cellar without daylight. Here, such as at the railway station, a ceiling of mirrors removes the room’s boundaries thereby highlighting the goods. Untreated wooden floor, white "islands of distinctiveness” and heavy round pillars, which due to the mirrors appear as tall light-pillars in a mighty hall, all influence this new "flagship store” situated in the Kaufhaus TYROL.

© Lukas Schaller

KiWi – Kirchenwirt Culture and Event Centre

Dörferstraße 57, 6067 Absam, A
Architecture: Martin Scharfetter, Robert Rier (2009-2010) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Absam Open to the public: Inn with nine pin bowling alley and museums during their opening hours Accessibility: directly in the centre of Absam TIP: Things worthwhile seeing concerning the history of the village, emphasis on "Jakob Stainer”, "salt mining” and "sport” in the newly equipped community museum.

Developed due to the spatial and architectural circumstances of the village, the KiWi has now become the new village point of interest. Three clearly detectable, independently functioning parts of the building – event hall, inn and community museum – are connected by means of a long stretched out foyer. Despite their clear contemporary shapes, the new buildings blend in naturally with the established structure due to their materiality, colour and dimensions. The inn, the Kirchenwirt, which is under historic protection, was returned to its original condition and carefully integrated into the overall plan.

© Lukas Schaller

Senior Citizens’ Residence – Extension

Bgm. Artur Wechselberger Weg 2, 6067 Absam, A
Architecture: Hanno Vogl-Fernheim (2007-2008) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Absam Open to the public: partially Accessibility: at walking distance from the centre of the village, slightly beyond the Dörferstraße

The extension of the house for senior citizens built during the late 1990s by Hermann Kastner is an elevated two-storey building with bright spacious rooms. Together with the original building, the L-shaped extension forms a central and protected courtyard with a café and roofed open space. A central element is a chapel built above an oval-shaped ground plan in the courtyard; this was intentionally designed as an introverted place of peace.

© Markus Bstieler

Wattens Sports Hall

Egger Lienz Straße 9, 6112 Wattens, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo, Thomas Schnizer (2007-2008) Builder-owner: Marktgemeinde Wattens Open to the public: partially

Although the sports hall was built for the neighbouring primary school and is also used by the community’s various sports clubs, it was actually designed by the architects as a building for public use. A large part of the building, covered by a roof with a double bend, is sunken into the ground; the ground floor opens towards the road through a generously glazed foyer. A stand for 300 spectators completes the flowing crossover from the foyer down to the triple gymnasium.

© Henning Koepke

Carport and Annexe

9900 Gaimberg, A
Architecture: Rainer Pirker (2010) Open to the public: no PLEASE NOTE: Although in 2010 this private building was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings” and is part of the architectural tour, the owner does not wish that the property be open to the public!

With small building supplements – a roofed parking space and an additional room on the ground floor – the architect has created an organic connection between the existing residential house from the 1970s and its surrounding natural environment. The Carport, with its polygonal concrete roof and slanted steel-tube supports, defines a new entrance area and integrates the tree population. The polyhedron cellar illuminated from above though a chimney-like shaft opens an existing passage to the garden, thereby creating new connections to the outside.

© Klemens Ortmeyer