architek[tour] tirol – guide to architecture in tyrol

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new building in tyrol 2012 - 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 three projects that were awarded prizes in 2012 – the redevelopment of the Eduard Wallnöfer-Platz by LAAC Architekten | Stiefel Kramer Architecture, the BTV Branch Office on Mitterweg by Rainer Köberl and the Kufstein City Hall and City Square by Rainer Köberl and Giner + Wucherer – as well as to the six special recognition prize sites: two school buildings, a housing development, a bridge and two structures in the high mountains.

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a tour to 9 buildings


Eduard Wallnöfer Platz, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: LAAC, Stiefel Kramer Architecture (2010-2011) Builder-owner: Land Tirol Opposite the "Landhaus” (former Gauhaus) the Liberation Monument built from 1946 – 48, an initiative of the French occupying power, updated during the redevelopment of the square by Christopher Grüner with 107 names of National Socialism resistance victims.

Der Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz, der lange ein "Hinterhofdasein" führte, wurde von LAAC Architekten/stiefel kramer zu einer begehbaren, urbanen Bodenplastik umgestaltet. Der Platz, seine Denkmäler und vorhandene Infrastruktureinrichtungen wurden in eine homogene Oberfläche aus hellem Beton eingebunden – eine Topographie aus sanften Hügeln, die neue Blickbeziehungen schafft und den InnsbruckerInnen eine vielfältig bespielbare Freifläche bietet.

© Günter R. Wett

BTV - Branch Office Mitterweg

Mitterweg 9, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Rainer Köberl (2010-2011) Builder-owner: BTV Open to the public: partially Accessibility: Bus line R

The branch office of the BTV bank occupies a small lot at the beginning of Mitterweg, a street with a very heterogeneous development structure. In reaction to this rather dreary area, it was important for Rainer Köberl to create a friendly antithesis. The building is characterized by the distinctive shape of a truncated pyramid pulled upwards and in the tension between openness and closure, resp., lightness and heaviness of the designed façade.

© Lukas Schaller

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

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

Tiflis Bridge

Kärnter Straße – Matthias-Schmid-Straße, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Hans Peter Gruber (2008-2011) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck In 2012, the bridge was awarded a "Distinction of the State of Tyrol for New Buildings”.

In the scope of an extensive flood protection project, the area where the Sill runs into the Inn was redesigned. A significant component is the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge named after Innsbruck's twin city, Tiflis (Tbilisi). Built without piers, the structure features a boat-shaped cross section, and its 42-meter span closes a gap in the path network along the river promenade.

© Markus Bstieler

"BRG in the Au" and Shopping Centre "West"

Bachlechnerstraße 35, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten, Eck & Reiter (2008-2011) Builder-owner: Objekt Linser-Areal Immobilienerrichtungs GmbH, IIG Open to the public: Shopping centre during opening hours Accessibility: Bus routes R or F

In the west of Innsbruck a new building was constructed as a public private partnership, whereby a shopping centre and a school, facilities with completely different forms of use, have been accommodated. In a clearly defined building, which provides the surrounding urban area – including an industrial estate and heterogeneous structured residential developments – with a new identity, the two users each have their own, developed for their individual requirements, completely separate areas.

© Mojo Reitter

Probstenhofweg Residential Complex

Probstenhofweg 5, 7, 9, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: reitter_architekten, riccione architekten (2010-2012) Builder-owner: WE - Wohnungseigentum Accessibility: Bus line H (Höttinger Kirchplatz) Bordering on a listed building ensemble of the Innsbruck Diocese that was transformed by architect Hanno Vogl-Fernheim in 2010.

The small residential complex arose on an undeveloped piece of land made available by the Diocese of Innsbruck in the middle of a predominantly small-scaled, villa-like area. Starting from an urban planning context, the architects returned the building site, so to speak, to its "original condition” as a continuous slope and placed three self-confident, free-standing structures, developed in the style of the villa-like tenement blocks, in a newly designed green space.

© Mojo Reitter

Freiraum Ahorn

Bergstation Ahornbahn, 6290 Mayrhofen, A
Architecture: M9 ARCHITEKTEN Senfter Lanzinger (2010) Builder-owner: Mayrhofner Bergbahnen AG Accessibility: directly next to the Ahorn lift mountain station During the summer season the Freiraum offers the Nature-Experience-Centre "game of senses” for both adults and children.

At 2000 metres above sea level, the "Freiraum Ahorn” offers what the name (open space) promises: Open space in the sense of a comprehensive offer of space for the cable lift company staff, this being concealed on the ground floor under a concrete slab, and, open space in the sense of a place of peace and relaxation for guests, enabling them to enjoy a lounge-atmosphere and panorama view in a large guest room situated in a bridge-like building above.

© David Schreyer

Gaislachkogl Lift (Valley, Intermediate and Mountain Stations)

Dorfstraße 115, 6450 Sölden, A
Architecture: obermoser arch-omo (2009-2010) Builder-owner: Ötztaler Gletscherbahn GmbH & CoKG Open to the public: during hours of operation TIP: In the meantime, the middle station has been expanded - again by obermoser + partner - to include an à la carte restaurant and a self-service area.

As part of the reconstruction of both Gaislachkogel lifts it was necessary to rebuild the valley, intermediate and mountain stations. Each station has been designed to fit its location formally with functional requirements developed accordingly. One thing they have in common is the type of construction; a self-supporting steel construction covered by a transparent membrane.

© Markus Bstieler