architek[tour] tirol – guide to architecture in tyrol

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new building in tyrol 2016 - 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 to the two projects that were awarded prizes in 2014 – the bilding in Innsbruck and the Office am Anger – as well as to the for special recognition prize sites and the three projetcts that received an honorable mention.

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a tour to 9 buildings

bilding. Art and Architecture School for Children and Young People

Amraserstraße 5a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Studierende des ./studio3, aut. architektur und tirol (2015) Builder-owner: bilding. Kunst- und Architekturschule für Kinder und Jugendliche Accessibility: In Rapoldipark, behind the municipal indoor pool In addition to the ongoing semester program, bilding frequently offers workshops.

bilding received its own house, planned and built by students at the University of Innsbruck, in Innsbruck’s Rapoldipark. The pavilion-like workshop building not only provides children and young people with an optimal offer of space, but also enriches the park with its unique architecture. Terraces placed in front of the building and floor-to-ceiling glass fronts connect the contoured structure with the surroundings. Slanted floors and walls on the inside form a flowing continuum of spaces with different atmospheres.

© Günter Richard Wett

Büro am Anger (Office am Anger)

Am Anger 2, 6170 Zirl, A
Architecture: Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten (2015) Builder-owner: Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten Open to the public: Upon request Directly next to it is a farmhouse that was converted into a residence and studio by the architects in 2001.

In the densely developed historical village center of Zirl an old house, earlier used for agricultural purposes, with a small shoemaker’s workshop has stood empty for years. Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten acquired this building located directly next to their residence and studio in 2014 and converted it, among other things, for their own architectural office. What arose is a thoroughly contemporary transformation in material and detailed design that places a harmonious emphasis in the evolved village structure.

© Günter R. Wett

Ein schmales Haus (A Narrow House)

Breitweg, 6067 Absam, A
Architecture: Geri Blasisker (2014-2016) Builder-owner: Leonice Knapp Open to the public: no The house received a distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings in 2016.

The basis for this extremely narrow house was the shape of the 11-meter-wide property, which was considered as unsuitable for building. Starting from the lot shape, Geri Blasiker developed a self-confident and sustainable structure offering a small family a unique home, featuring 108 m² of usable living area accessible on six mezzanine levels. The building envelope was made of brick and gets by without insulation. A turbine along the nearby stream completely supplies the house with energy.

© Geri Blasisker

Haus Moser (Moser House)

Stackler 52, 6167 Neustift im Stubaital, A
Architecture: Madritsch Pfurtscheller (2016) Builder-owner: Tina Maikl-Moser, Rene Moser Open to the public: no The house received a distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings in 2016.

The envelope of the Moser House by Madritsch / Pfurtscheller was originally an old barn that was translocated and transformed in the sense of "re-use” philosophy into a residence for a family of five. A half-timbered structure offering two levels of living space was set into the barn, which remains unchanged for the most part on the exterior. The result is a paramount example of how a building type that is no longer functionally needed can be filled with new life.

© Wolfgang Retter

Dorfhaus Steinberg am Rofan (Steinberg am Rofan Village House)

6215 Steinberg am Rofan, A
Architecture: Bernardo Bader (2015-2016) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Steinberg am Rofan Open to the public: Partially (inn with a farm shop; closed Wednesdays) The village center received a distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings in 2016.

A new community center with a multipurpose hall, a small inn and village square, which contributes to the revitalization of the village center as a social and communal meeting place, emerged in the rural community of Steinberg am Rofan. Bernardo Bader, who won the competition tendered on the basis of a public participation process, designed a compact saddle roof house in larch wood, which reacts empathetically to the village’s spatial situation.

© Günter R. Wett

Umbrüggler Alm

Umbrüggleralmweg 36, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Elmar Ludescher, Philip Lutz (2015-2016) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: All year around Wednesday to Monday, 8.30 am – approx. 9:00 pm (closed Tuesdays) Accessibility: Can only be reached on foot, e.g., from Hungerberg via the Umbrüggler Alm Trail (approx. 40 minutes) The "Alm” received a distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings in 2016.

It took over 35 years until an inn reopened at the location of the former Umbrüggler Alm. After several failed attempts, the City of Innsbruck tendered an architectural competition in 2013, which Elmar Ludescher and Philip Lutz were able to win with their project. A sloped polyhedral roof covers the organically shaped structure and extends over the south-facing front terrace. Shingled on the outside and appointed with silver fir on the inside, the building is a contemporary interpretation of the "alpine pasture” theme.

© Elmar Ludescher

HERberge für Menschen auf der Flucht (Shelter for Refugees)

Sennstraße 3a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: STUDIO LOIS (2015) Builder-owner: Kongregation der Barmherzigen Schwestern Open to the public: no The HERberge received an honorable mention of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings in 2016.

In 2014, the religious order of the Sisters of Mercy in Innsbruck decided to renovate and expand the facilities of the former girls’ boarding school to make accommodation available to people who fled their home countries. Under the premise of using the existing means as best as possible, the girls’ boarding school dating from the 1960s underwent a general refurbishment according to plans by STUDIO LOiS, who added an annex and a stairwell. The makeover ostensibly did not center on design issues, but much more on combining and reacting to cheaply available resources.

© David Schreyer

Oscar kocht

Defreggerstraße 21, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Christian Dummer, Teresa Stillebacher (2014) Builder-owner: Oscar Germes-Castro Open to the public: Tues. to Sat. during opening hours Accessibility: Go east from the city center along Amraserstraße to Pradl. Innsbruck’s perhaps smallest restaurant – reservations are recommended.

A tiny restaurant in which – pursuant to the builder’s operational concept – all eight guests come together at one table was set up in a small shop formerly inhabited by a watchmaker. The building stock was freed of all fixtures and old layers of paint were exposed and integrated into the new design concept. The main element of the very reserved transformation is a white-lacquered steel sheet structure that extends from the street into the interior and becomes a cooking bar and bench for those waiting.

© Günter R. Wett

Nature and Culture Panorama "Gacher Blick”

Gachenblick 100, 6521 Fließ, A
Architecture: columbosnext (2015-2016) Builder-owner: Naturpark Kaunergrat Accessibility: From Landeck via Fließ or the Pitztal Valley in the direction of the Nature Park House Kaunergrat TIP: Nature Park House with a multimedia exhibition on the Kaunergrat Nature Park

As an extension of the existing Nature Park House at the "Gacher Blick” – the interface between the Kaunertal, Pitztal and Inntal valleys – a nature and cultural panorama with an observation platform was realized. A newly laid out path, executed in plain concrete elements, leads to a bridge and the platform that projects far over the terrain, which steeply slopes 800 meters downward. Grating on the ground and on the side, as well as a glass front enhance the all-around experience of nature at this extremely exposed spot.

© Hanno Mackowitz