architek[tour] tirol – guide to architecture in tyrol

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new building in tyrol 2020 - 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 to the three projects awarded in 2020 – the Neustift School Campus by fasch&fuchs.architekten, the Swarovski Manufaktur in Wattens by Snøhetta, and a school renovation in Innsbruck by STUDIO LOIS – to the six recognition prizes and the four buildings that received honorable mentions.

A tour realized with the friendly support of Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers of Tyrol and Vorarlberg

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a tour to 13 buildings

School Campus, Neustift

Stubaitalstraße 8, 6167 Neustift im Stubaital, A
Architecture: fasch&fuchs.architekten (2013-2019) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Neustift, Verein Schülerheim Ski-Mittelschule Neustift Open to the public: Partially Accessibility: In the district of "Kampl,” directly on the main road In 2020, the school campus received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

On the Neustift school campus, several schools, previously scattered across various parts of town, were brought together for a total of around 500 pupils. fasch&fuchs.architekten naturally integrate the extensive spatial allocation plan into the landscape. They designed a carpet-like school campus that develops like a cascade between two head buildings and offers a differentiated range of spaces with streets, squares, ramps, courtyards and gardens.

© Hertha Hurnaus

Swarovski Manufaktur

Swarovskistraße 30, 6112 Wattens, A
Architecture: Snøhetta Studio Innsbruck (2015-2018) Builder-owner: D. Swarovski KG Open to the public: No In 2020, the crystal atelier received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

With the Swarovski Manufaktur in Wattens, Snøhetta developed a hybrid location for production, creative collaboration and representation for the Tyrolean crystal manufacturer. A column-free hall with natural light through openings in the ceiling offers space for machines, robots and workbenches, but also for offices and meeting zones. A large open staircase, which also serves as a meeting point and arena, leads up to a wooden platform suspended from the ceiling, into which further offices and showrooms are integrated.

© David Schreyer

Kettenbrücke Schools

Falkstraße 28, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: STUDIO LOIS (2016-2019) Builder-owner: Schulverein der Barmherzigen Schwestern Innsbruck Open to the public: Partially In 2020, the school renovation received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

Several educational institutions belonging to the Sisters of Mercy school association are housed in a building complex dating back to the 1930s. In the course of the most recent renovation, conversion and expansion measures, this heterogeneous building stock situation was resolved. A façade made of translucent polycarbonate panels consolidates the various existing buildings; the interior was returned to its concrete structure and complemented with natural materials.

© David Schreyer

Martinsbrücke/Martin’s Bridge

Innweg bei Ehnbachmündung, 6170 Zirl, A
Architecture: Hans Peter Gruber (2015-2019) Builder-owner: Land Tirol, Gemeinden Zirl, Kematen, Unterperfuss Accessibility: On the Inn Cycle Path between Zirl and Unterperfuss. In 2020, the pedestrian and cycle path bridge received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

The Martinsbrücke, a pedestrian and cycle path bridge over the Inn River, connects the communities of Zirl and Unterperfuss, and is located on the Inn Cycle Path. In terms of design and technology, it is a prime example of a sophisticated bridge construction. With a total length of around 100 meters, it is the first wood-concrete composite bridge in Europe of this size. Supported on the banks by inclined concrete struts, it spans the river in an elegant arc and naturally blends in with the surroundings.

© David Schreyer

Falginjochbahn, Kaunertal Glacier

Gletscherstraße 240, 6524 Kaunertal, A
Architecture: Baumschlager Hutter Partners (2019) Builder-owner: Kaunertaler Gletscherbahnen GmbH Open to the public: During operating hours Accessibility: Right next to the parking lot at the glacier restaurant (base station). In 2020, the station buildings received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

For the newly built Falginjochbahn aerial tramway on the Kaunertal Glacier, the architects developed two technoid-looking infrastructure buildings made of concrete, steel and glass that make reference to the technical equipment of cable car technology. Situated at an elevation of 2,750 meters, the base station consists of a large, glazed steel framework on a concrete plinth; the cantilevered top station at an altitude of over 3,000 meters is designed as an antipode.

© Albrecht I. Schnabel

School Center, Hall in Tyrol

Universitätsallee 1, 6060 Hall in Tirol, A
Architecture: fasch&fuchs.architekten (2014-2018) Builder-owner: Stadtgemeinde Hall in Tirol Open to the public: Partially In 2020, the school center received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

The School Center in Hall in Tyrol by fasch&fuchs.architekten is part of a large number of schools realized by the architectural office that respond as contemporary statements to new educational concepts. Two secondary schools and the district special needs school were combined at one location in the immediate vicinity of Hall’s town center. Meshing with the outside space in a variety of ways, the new structure forms a flowing inner and outer educational landscape.

© Hertha Hurnaus

House for Psychosocial Support & Living

An-der-Lan-Straße 16, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Fügenschuh Hrdlovics Architekten (2012-2018) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: No In 2020, the project received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

Built on a very small plot of land at the edge of a public green zone, the house gives people with chronic mental illnesses a temporary home. There are small apartments on the upper floors, while the attic and ground floor offer communal lounge and therapy areas. An outer skin made of colored exposed concrete elements surrounds the entire polygonal structure, reinforcing its monolithic character.

© David Schreyer

Tourist Information Center

Burggraben 3, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Manfred Sandner, Betina Hanel (2017-2018) Builder-owner: Tourismusverband Innsbruck und seine Feriendörfer Open to the public: Mo to Sa, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In 2020, the project received a Recognition Award of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

For many years now, the Innsbruck Tourist Information Center has been located in a former stable building directly adjacent to the city wall. In the course of the renovation and redesign, the interior was cleared of later fixtures, the historic vaulted ceiling exposed, the original floor level restored and a barrier-free access in the form of a concrete ramp placed in the Renaissance hall. In order to restore the character of a city wall, the large arched windows were closed flush with the façade with perforated ceramic tiles.

© Günter Kresser

Nature Park House

Oberlängenfeld 142, 6444 Längenfeld, A
Architecture: Hanno Schlögl (2017-2018) Builder-owner: Naturpark Ötztal Open to the public: In summer and winter during opening hours Accessibility: At the southern end of Längenfeld on federal road B186 Tip: Other stations in the Ötztal Nature Park are located in Ambach, Niederthai, Gries, Sölden, Vent and Obergurgl, including four interventions by the LAAC architecture office and an exhibition room on the Hohe Mut Alm alpine pasture.

The Längenfeld Nature Park House is the operational center of the Ötztal Nature Park and includes, among other things, an exhibition about the natural diversity of the valley. Proceeding from the topographical conditions, Hanno Schlögl designed the house as an artificial rock, with its exposed concrete surfaces, imprinted by the horizontal formwork, taking up a role that mediates between rock and wood. Purposefully placed perforations, a transverse concrete slab and the inclined canopy emphasize the structure’s sculptural character.

© Günter R. Wett

Village Center, Patsch

Dorfstraße 22, 6082 Patsch, A
Architecture: Todorka Iliova, Raimund Wulz (2015-2018) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Patsch In 2020, the village center received an Honorable Mention of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

The redesign of the village center in Patsch arose out of a community development process with an associated architecture competition. On the northern edge of the property, a building for the community office, based in terms of its dimensions and materiality on the existing development, and a music pavilion on the southern edge, were erected. Together with the former parish hall, which has been transformed into a clubhouse, and the new village square, the residents gained a lively meeting place.

© Tobias Christoph

Urban Hybrid P2 | Innsbruck City Library

Amraserstraße 2-4, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: LAAC (2012-2018) Builder-owner: PEMA Immobilien GmbH Open to the public: Partially Tip: Exhibitions regularly take place at the Galerie Plattform 6020 and the Raum für Stadtentwicklung.

As the end result of an invited architecture competition, the multi-functional P2 building connects private and public interests as an urban hybrid. The pointed, almost 50-meter-high tower contains apartments, and the two-story base building provides space for the Innsbruck City Library, which features several reading zones and an event hall. In between, there is a public space designed as a reading deck, accessible via two flights of stairs, which invites visitors to linger without any pressure to consume.

© Marc Lins

Office P.

Medrazerstraße 19, 6166 Fulpmes, A
Architecture: Madritsch Pfurtscheller (2015-2020) Builder-owner: Claudia Pfurtscheller Open to the public: No In 2020, the project received an Honorable Mention of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

The little house in Fulpmes is a paramount example of the resource-saving approach to building materials and upcycling. Materials from a nearly 200-year-old, demolished threshing floor were utilized, as well as used windows, doors and glass. Moreover, regional or inexpensive materials were primarily used. A radically stripped-down, open-use space emerged on the ground floor, and a one-room apartment on the upper floor, largely equipped with used items.

© Daniel Pfurtscheller

Renovation of a Mountain Farmhouse

Grausegg 1, 6322 Kirchbichl, A
Architecture: b.eder architekten (2017-2020) Open to the public: No In 2020, the renovation received an Honorable Mention of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

An approximately 300-year-old mountain farmhouse at an altitude of 1,200 meters was sustainably revitalized with careful attention to historic preservation and based on the tradition of "building on.” Taking into account the farming past, as well as the more recent history, a harmonious ensemble was created with sensitivity and through the introduction of new architectural elements such as lattice windows, raw steel fittings and the use of conglomerate rock.

© Sebastian Schels