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eastwards along the inn - from innsbruck to erl

School buildings, among others, from Marte.Marte, Peter Märkli, Henke & Schreieck and riccione architects, business and industrial buildings from committed private developers such as Travel Europe and the Binder Plywood Factory and, numerous MPREIS-Grocery-Supermarkets, are all situated around the towns and locations of the Lower Inn Valley (German: Unterinntal) area. A good reason to leave the motorway and plan a few breaks along the Kufstein – Hall route or vice versa.

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a tour to 30 buildings


Bahnhofstraße 23, 6111 Wattens, A
Architecture: Dominique Perrault (2002-2003) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours

Dominique Perrault was the first architect not resident in Tyrol to be entrusted with the setting up of, in the meantime, three supermarkets by MPREIS, two in Wattens and one in Zirl. The SuperM on the main road to Wattens is situated in the middle of a heterogeneous built-up-area. Perrault reacted to this with a materiality and constructively light and open building with a yard type recess, which together with the small protruding square, forms an urban centre.

© Günter R. Wett

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

Swarovski Crystal Worlds Expansion

Kristallweltenstraße 1, 6112 Wattens, A
Architecture: Hanno Schlögl, Johann Obermoser, Daniel Süß, Snøhetta Studio Innsbruck (2015) Builder-owner: D. Swarovski Tourism Services GmbH Open to the public: The entrance area and restaurant are publically accessible; the rest of the attractions cost money. The park, with a crystal cloud and mirror pool as the centerpieces, was designed by Andy Cao und Xavier Perrot.

On the occasion of their 20-year existence, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds doubled in size in 2015, adding a new cabinet of wonder, an extensive park and several structural components. The entrance area, conceived as a "white forest” with its wide-jutting concrete roof supported by birch tree trunks and the design of the store, derived from a river landscape, originate from s_o_s architekten. On one hand, Snøhetta erected the well-lit, organically formed pavilion for the Daniels Café & Restaurant; on the other hand, the play tower encased with crystalline glass panels and the adventure playground that lies in front of it.

© David Schreyer

MPREIS Wattens I

Salzburger Straße 30, 6112 Wattens, A
Architecture: Dominique Perrault (2000) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours Today’s internationally operating family business was founded by Daniel Swarovski in1895 in Wattens.

Dominique Perrault set up his first MPREIS opposite Swarovski Kristallwelten, which was designed by André Heller – a solitary building based on minimalism with an opaque shimmering glass façade. A biomorphic scaffolding surrounding nine pines permeates the rectangular building allowing the border between the inside and outside to merge where visible truss-girders, OSB boards and black floor slabs create a market hall atmosphere.

© Günter R. Wett

MPREIS Weerberg

Mitterberg 3, 6133 Weerberg, A
Architecture: Silvia Boday (2012) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during business hours This MPREIS, incidentally, is the first of over 200 supermarkets that was planned alone by a female architect.

In the rural context of the widely spread out community of Weerberg, an MPREIS supermarket was erected on a green meadow as a low budget project. The supermarket with a café consists of a plain structure with folded out corners that owe their effect to the raw charm of the materials used: industrial composite lumber for the roof, a steel construction braced with reinforced concrete slabs and a translucent polycarbonate that changes from smooth to gleaming, depending on the weather and light conditions, and lets the structure appear to be diversely pervious.

© Lukas Schaller

Einsatzzentrum Schwaz (Operational Centre)

Münchner Straße 21, 6130 Schwaz, A
Architecture: gharakhanzadeh sandbichler architekten (2007-2009) Builder-owner: Immobilien Schwaz GmbH & Co KEG TIP: There is a Fire Brigade Museum in the operational centre, with exhibits to be found in both niches and open space.

The Fire Brigade and the Schwaz Mountain Rescue Operations Centre is situated directly next to the Inn and the motorway approach road. The building is mainly at the rear of the grounds thus leaving a large amount of space at the front for the emergency vehicles. The dominant part of the building tiered down towards the river and promenade, is the 18 metre high glass hose-tower, which makes the building’s function visible from quite a distance.

© Rupert Steiner

House of the Generations

Falkensteinstraße 28, 6130 Schwaz, A
Architecture: Margarethe Heubacher-Sentobe, Günther Dregelyvari (2007-2009) Builder-owner: Frieden Tirol Open to the public: partially TIP: Many regional products are available at the village store operated by Lebenshilfe Tirol.

In the place of a former inn, Margarethe Heubacher-Sentobe and Günther Dregelyvari designed a clear and self-evidently acting new building in which the various sections of the population – with and without impairments – and different social and communicative facilities were brought together. What emerged was a lively place for people of all age groups, with an afterschool care center for school children and a senior citizens’ room, an inn and a local grocer’s shop, as well as apartments for young families, for assisted living and a living community for handicapped people run by the Lebenshilfe. At the same time it became the center of Schwaz’s "Dorf” district, one that had been missing until then.

© Rens Veltman

Travel Europe Reiseveranstaltung

Unterdorf 37a, 6135 Stans, A
Architecture: Oskar Leo Kaufmann, Albert Rüf (2004) Builder-owner: Helmut Gschwentner, Anton Gschwentner Accessibility: from the town centre/church towards the railway station The administration building was awarded the State Award for Architecture in 2006.

Set into the landscape in a self-confident and eye-catching manner, the glass building – deriving from a contest put up for tender – accommodates a "work-landscape” in the form of an open-plan office. Three inner courtyards and the transparent façade allow the building to be penetrated with light and green-nature, slight level differences allow varying perspectives between the "winding” offices and terraces and the parking space "pushed” under the building.


Schichtholzwerk Binder Holz (Binder Holz wood layer factory)

Tiwagstraße 3, 6200 Jenbach, A
Architecture: Josef Lackner (1996) Builder-owner: Binder Holz Close by is the "Jenbacher AG” area which also contains an office building and a factory building by Lackner, and an MPREIS store and the Jenbach Cantina by Helmut Reitter and Michael Pfleger.

This is a both structurally and spatially most intriguing variation on the theme of industrial buildings: Without any support, folding wood box elements stretch over two shops, each 44 m broad and over 100 m long. Through glass panels along the single elements, which somewhat resemble boats turned upside down, daylight flows in freely. The zigzag movement of the diagonal entrenchments adds rhythm to the façade.

© Christof Lackner

MPREIS and Canteen Jenbach

Schießstandstrasse 1, 6200 Jenbach, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten, Michael Pfleger (2001) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours

A new type of supermarket was developed for two promoters, Jenbacher Werke (canteen) and MPREIS (supermarket): With the historic fish market in Venice as an example, a new type of roofed market under a large elevated building, in which the canteen for 300 persons, a casino, a kitchen, a works doctor and a large south terrace for the Jenbacher Werke are accommodated.

© Günter R. Wett

MPREIS Wiesing

Dorf 103, 6176 Wiesing, A
Architecture: Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH (2010) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours Accessibility: Wiesing motorway exit then towards Achensee.

The supermarket in Wiesing is a further example of how MPREIS provides the residents of the surrounding villages with a communicative meeting point. The supermarket resembling a long stretched out wedge in the landscape is situated directly next to a roundabout and is accessible from the town centre via a footpath. With its Café with terrace to the west, this supermarket is both a meeting point for the locals and a resting station for tourists.

© Christian Flatscher

ASI-Lodge (Extension of Hotel Windegg)

Steinberg am Rofan 30, 6215 Steinberg am Rofan, A
Architecture: Heinz & Mathoi & Streli (2004-2005) Builder-owner: Elfriede Gasser Accessibility: from Jenbach along the Achensee B181 trunk road to Achenkirch and from here to Steinberg am Rofan TIP: Daily visitors are welcome to visit the restaurant with its sun terrace.

During the 1980s, Hotel Windegg was reconstructed and extended in a contemporary and landscape related manner by the architect Hans Peter Petri. After changing hands, the hotel was converted for a second time, whereby the bedroom wing and the striking staircase tower remained in place. Heinz-Mathoi-Streli constructed a new three-storey building directly next to the hotel. This building, with its vertical larch-wood façade, is clearly different from the original white building.

© Nikolaus Schletterer

Brixlegg Secondary Modern School

Römerstraße 18, 6230 Brixlegg, A
Architecture: Raimund Rainer (2006-2007) Builder-owner: Brixlegg Immobilien GmbH In 2007, the school was distinguished at the 5th BTV Building-Owner-Awards-Tyrol.

Based on town planning considerations, the new secondary modern school building was designed so that together with the polytechnic and nursery school, it would create an integrated spacious premises. The inside of the "passive house” school is flooded with light. The school’s central hall opens up into a space illuminated from above, around this an open staircase providing access to the class and group rooms.

© Simon Rainer

Extension of the Rattenberg Secondary Modern School

Klostergasse 63, 6240 Rattenberg, A
Architecture: Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH (2010-2011) Builder-owner: Rattenberger Immobilien GmbH Accessibility: directly in the historic old town of Rattenberg TIP: The Augustinian Museum is housed in parts of the monastery; the attic and the historic steeple of the monastery church are accessible.

The Rattenberg Secondary Modern School has been located in sections of the Augustinian Monastery since the 1970s. With the annex building, Daniel Fügenschuh complemented the monastery complex with a new side arm. In its structure and materiality, the slender, vertical building orientates itself to the surrounding development and integrates into the small-scaled city structure of Rattenberg.

© Christian Flatscher

Landessonderschule mit Internat Mariatal (school and dormitory for the handicapped)

Mariatal 15, 6233 Kramsach, A
Architecture: Marte.Marte Architekten (2005-2007) Builder-owner: Land Tirol Accessibility: Take the road from Kramsach towards Aschau

The old Mariatal school buildings, clustering closely together, resemble an abbey. Marte-Marte architects wanted to re-develop the ensemble of buildings preserving those specific spatial qualities while, at the same time, adding architectural surplus value. The new dormitory continues, as it were, the west wing of the old building, thus closing off the ensemble from the street, creating a new interior courtyard dominated by the old main school building, under the federal law on the protection of monuments, and a new solitary structure.

© Bruno Klomfar

Bundesschulzentrum Wörgl (Federal School Centre)

Innsbruckerstraße 34, 6300 Wörgl, A
Architecture: Peter Märkli, Gody Kühnis (2001-2003) Builder-owner: BIG Open to the public: partially

In 1973, Viktor Hufnagl, an architect from Vienna, constructed a hall-school, which at the time was a revolutionary concept, hence, an experimental building for the prefabrication of schools. Due to problems with the building’s structural design it was necessary to redevelop the school complex. The redevelopment carried out by Peter Märkli and Gody Kühnis preserves the old building’s room and material qualities, reinterprets its character and modifies it with use of contemporary means.


MPREIS Wörgl Ost

Salzburger Straße 29, 6300 Wörgl, A
Architecture: Tatanka (2002) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours Accessibility: East of the town centre on the motorway approach road.

At the east border of Wörgl in an almost American "strip-situation” is one of Tyrol’s largest MPREIS supermarkets. In the heterogeneous (still growing) development area, Pöschl placed a bridge type building on five cylinders at right angles to the road. On the west side of the building a concave screen shade reaches out from the protruding roof across almost the complete height of the building. The space in between provides room for the fitness centre on the top floor.

© Paul Ott

Angerberg Primary School

Linden 7, 6320 Angerberg, A
Architecture: Kurt Rumplmayr (2008-2009) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Angerberg Accessibility: Motorway exit "Wörgl Ost", then take the L213 towards Angath TIP: At approx. 4 km distance – the "Mariastein" pilgrimage church (around 1360) is well worth a visit.

The school building realised by Kurt Rumplmayr is a reduced cube design, which is transparent from all sides. The building, which completes the new village square, also resembles one inside. The public functions are arranged on the ground floor around a lowered gymnastic and events hall, the classrooms on the upper floor are accessible by means of a central light flooded hall.

© B&R

MPREIS Kirchbichl

Tiroler Straße 16, 6322 Kirchbichl, A
Architecture: Moser Kleon Architekten (2004) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours

Resulting from the grounds available and the town planning situation, the Kirchbichl MPREIS was constructed as an organic sweeping building. The mainly closed construction is illuminated indirectly from above; only the baguette-café enjoys an all-round open view. On the inside the curves influence the visible concrete shell; a suspended birch plywood ceiling the rooms atmosphere.

© Günter Kresser

The Tyrolean Economic Chamber, Kufstein District Office

Salurnerstraße 7, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: FUCHSUNDPEER (2006-2007) Builder-owner: Wirtschaftskammer Tirol – Immobilien Open to the public: partially

As part of necessary redevelopment measures, the Economic Chamber - Kufstein District Office was restructured and raised in height. The ground floor was completely gutted and opened up to become a vestibule. A second storey was built on top, thus turning the building into a compact – above the ground floor – suspended and combined body.

© Günter R. Wett

Kufstein Fortress - Josefsburg Adaptation

Oberer Stadtplatz 6, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: Andreas Egger, Markus Scherer, Walter Angonese (1998-1999) Builder-owner: Top City Kufstein GmbH The extendable protective roof above the castle yard was developed by Kugel + Rein in 2006.

Kufstein Fortress, situated above the town, is one of Tyrol’s most impressive middle-age buildings. Extension work has been carried out on the fortress a number of times over the past few hundred years, among other things, the Josefsburg built by Gumpp, the Architect to the Imperial Court. In view of more intensive use for events, the castle was restored and adapted within the scope of a large cleaning up project. The historic structural fabric was secured and the necessary new infrastructure carefully altered.

© Arno Gisinger

Kufstein City Expansion

Unterer Stadtplatz 12-13, Fischergries 20-22, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH (2010-2012) Builder-owner: Unterberger Immobilien GmbH, Hausverwaltung Johann Höger, Stadtwerke Kufstein Open to the public: partially (shopping mall) during shop opening hours The fountains on the square are supplied with the very water that was previously used to cool the shopping mall; the heights of the fountains consequently visualize the cooling requirements.

With the goal of revitalizing a hitherto deserted inner city district, two new buildings were erected on the area between Unterer Stadtplatz and "Fischergries” in place of the stock structures: on one hand, a shopping mall dotted with cafés and restaurants (KISS –Kufsteiner Innenstadt Shopping) and featuring office spaces and apartments on the upper stories; on the other hand, an L-shaped structure with apartments oriented towards the Inn and an event hall. A clearly defined market square, designed as a "shared space”, arose between the new buildings, the Bastion and the banks of the Inn.

© Christian Flatscher

Redevelopment of the City Hall/Bildsteinhaus Kufstein

Oberer Stadtplatz 17, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: Rainer Köberl, Giner + Wucherer (2009-2011) Builder-owner: Kufstein Immobilien GmbH & Co KG Open to the public: partially

In the center of Kufstein, the City Hall and the neighboring "Bildsteinhaus” were transformed into a new, multi-functional unit for the city administration. The historic ensemble was interwoven with consciously placed interventions into a complex whole. The uncovered city wall builds the foundation; a white "crown” on the roof completes the ensemble.

© Lukas Schaller

Expansion and Renovation of the Kufstein BG and BRG

Schillerstraße 2, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: Johannes Wiesflecker (2011-2013) Builder-owner: BIG In 2014 the School was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings”.

There are two conditions that make the annex building architectonically remarkable, regardless of its utilization: the functional involvement of Art in Construction (a powerful concrete relief by Karl-Heinz Klopf) in the architectonic concept and the creation of space through the static structure. A high, spacious hall, spatially structured on different levels by a huge exposed concrete truss, opens up in the basement between the old and new gymnasium.

© David Schreyer

Kufstein State Music School

Krankenhausgasse 16, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: riccione architekten (2003-2004) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Kufstein Open to the public: partially In 2004 the building was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings” .

On a street corner of a densely built town area next to, at present, two vacant sites, riccione architects have built a solitary building with the possibility of future extensions. Above the ground floor, in which, apart from a lowered music hall, the town archive and the town library are accommodated, are three optically detached upper storeys for the school’s classrooms. Generously sized glazing and powder coated aluminium panels influence the building, which despite its transparency and openness, complies with all acoustic requirements.

© Martin Tusch

FH Kufstein – University of Applied Sciences

Andreas-Hofer-Straße 7, 6330 Kufstein, A
Architecture: Henke Schreieck Architekten (2000-2001) Builder-owner: FH- Errichtungs- und Betriebs GmbH. Open to the public: partially (Assembly Hall and Cafeteria)

A first impulse for the development of the inner city was the relocation of the university from the outskirts of town to the centre of Kufstein. Henke and Schreieck designed the "Möbel im Park” (furniture in the park), a cubic building with a glass outer surface structured with wooden slats. The energetic and innovative double layer façade with integrated room ventilation is a feast for the eyes of the studying (future) "Facility Managers”.

© Margherita Spiluttini

MPREIS Niederndorf

Audorferstraße 20, 6342 Niederndorf, A
Architecture: LORENZATELIERS (2005) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: during opening hours

The tree trunks surrounding the cubic glass building are the characteristic feature of this supermarket. The untreated spruce trunks stripped of their bark have been placed at irregular intervals forming a homogeneous construction. They also provide a functional filter in front of the roof-high fixed glazing, define protected outside-areas and spaces in between and, allow interesting "light and shadow shows” to take place inside the building.

© Thomas Jantscher

Parish Rectory, Erl

Dorf 21, 6343 Erl, A
Architecture: umfeld architectural environments (2013) Builder-owner: Pfarre Erl

In the rural village center of Erl, the church, cemetery and parish garden form a clearly enclosed unit marked off from the surrounding development. As a secular antipode to the church, a new parish rectory was placed in the garden. Its location and polygonal ground plan layout were derived from the existing structure. Analogous to the roof of the church, the structure was enveloped with a copper façade, which will take on a characteristic blue-green patina over the years.

© Günter R. Wett

Passionsspielhaus Erl

Mühlgraben 5, 6343 Erl, A
Architecture: Robert Schuller (1956-1959) Next to the Passionsspielhaus a new Festspiehaus was build by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

The Festspielhaus – place of performance for the passion plays performed by approx. 500 actors and actresses and at the same time the main place of performance for the Tyrolean festival Erl – was built in the 1950s by Robert Schuller and in the meantime, due to its distinctive shape, has become a symbol of Erl. The white building at the foot of the Niederndorfer Mountains uses the hillside location for the ascending auditorium and emerge towards the valley side as gestural form of the stage house.


Festspielhaus (Festival House) of the Tyrolean Festival Erl

Mühlgraben 56, 6343 Erl, A
Architecture: DMAA (2010-2012) Builder-owner: Festspielhaus Erl In summer and winter the house serves as the performance venue of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which is directed by Gustav Kuhn.

Conceived in its form and materiality as a conscious contrast, a new building of the Tyrolean Festival Erl was erected next to the Passionsspielhaus (Passion Festival House) built by Robert Schuller. Clearly offset from the white circular structure, the architects placed a dark building whose sharp-edged geometry was developed from the surrounding topography. Fluid spatial sequences with varying visual relationships to the outdoor space lead the visitor up to the concert hall situated in the center of the building.

© Brigida González