Headquarters B&F Wien by Delugan Meissl

Funerals are an important part of every culture. Both operative as well as administrative spaces are located at the new headquarters of the funeral parlour B&F Wien – Bestattung und Friedhoefe GmbH. A core element of the new building is the client area comprising exhibition areas for tombstones, urns and coffins. The building is situated on a main access road, which has run alongside the central graveyard since the graveyard was extended in the 1920s. Mindful of the existing visual axes –Entrance number 2, and the crematorium in the north-west, the new building makes reference to the archaic buildings in its environment. A green and weather-protected courtyard constitutes the transitional space between inside and outside.

Ceiling length glass panels and the white ALUCOBOND® façade form an optical connection to the green exterior and generate an uninterrupted, atmospheric landscape. The external landscaping opts for plants and structures pertaining to classical graveyard design and complements isolated stand-alone structures with discreet timeless green space.

Project: Bestattung Wien, Simmeringer Hauptstr. 339, Vienna, Austria
Design: DeluganMeissl Associated Architects, Vienna, Austria
Fabricator: MA.TEC Stahl -und Alubau GmbH, Neutal, Austria
Construction: Riveted / Screwed
Year of Construction: 2012
Product: ALUCOBOND® Light Grey Shine & Anodized Look C34
Photos: Hertha Hurnaus

source: 3AComposites.com

Plonerloft by ma hoRe

Approached by a private landlord, ma hoRe architects were appointed to develop the design for the extension of a building in Innsbruck that consists of office spaces in the ground floor as well as apartments in the upper levels.

The local building law is defining the maximum height of buildings in that specific area of Innsbruck and that became the main criterion that influenced the design strategy of the architects.
Reducing the ceiling height up to 2.30 meters fulfilled the regulations from a legal point of view but simultaneously brought up the obvious problem of spatial/inhabitable quality of living.
The limited space needed to be bent and unfold.Cutting the roof and swinging out the ceiling created a new space, that is not only flooded by natural light but also it generated a rooftop landscape, ready to welcome a sunny terrace. Furthermore a ‘samba’ stair, dancing up the roof, consists of a strong design element together with the main volume of the extension, that respects the existing building and contours.

Glulam [glued laminated timber] elements together with fiber reinforced concrete panels reduced both weight and time of construction. Zinc coated steel for the stairs completed the concept of materials close to nature. The inner dry wall elements were painted white in line with the bright and open atmosphere.

architects: ma hoRe
location: Innsbruck, Austria
team: Arch. DI Andreas Hoerl, Arch. DI Robert reichkendler
project Area: 178 m2
photographs: ma hoRe
project: March 2013 – September 2013

source: mahore.at

Muk by Ma hoRe

The primal need of the client was to combine both his dwelling house and his physical therapist´s practice in one building thereby ensuring privacy for the living space and enabling the therapy rooms to be open and visible to the public.

Thus, the project is separated into two communicating volumes – the lower situated part facing the street is used for working purposes while the upper recessed part offers space for a 2-floor living area. Both volumes are combined by a common surface serving at the same time as a roof for the practice rooms and a terrace/garden for private use. The extension of this surface spans and roofs the whole west face of the building and becomes a carport in the northern part of the complex. This concept ensures independent working and living in one integrative building thereby creating a large garden which allows maximum outlook to the surrounding mountains and minimal insight from the public.

The dwelling floors appear as open areas – light-flooded with views inside and outside. Architectural elements like the stairway are experienced as furniture in the living room, thus, space becomes atmosphere.

Reinforced concrete was selected to enable an efficient construction, particularly with regard to overhanging parts of the building, and panels with duromer high-pressure laminates allowing rear ventilation were chosen to cover the face of the dwelling part of the complex. Bright glass surfaces in the ground floor of the living area permit natural light to cross the living room supporting muk’s special atmosphere.

Architects: ma hoRe
Location: Saalfelden, Salzburg, Austria
Team: Arch. DI Andreas Hoerl, Arch. DI Robert Reichkendler
Project Area: 250 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: ma hoRe
Client: Fam. Vlaeyen
Project: September 2012 – May 2013

./birdie – cry baby! by ./studio3

This spring first-year students of the ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke) realized ./birdie. This accessible architectural installation is a vibrant interface in the middle of the surrounding ancient city ensemble of Innsbruck (Austria).

Within only two months, 36 first-year students completed this 1:1 architecture project – from idea to conception, from a sketch to a built environment, from prototype to structure.

By developing the project ./birdie the students managed to transform an unused green space in the heart of the city into a visible and tangible new site. As a physical infrastructure, a stage and a conceptual space ./birdie evokes discussion about this specific urban site and public space in general.

75 truss joints and 270 steel tubes form the 16m long roof; 3 tons of steel were bolted to an irregular space frame; underneath a textile skin was stretched giving ./birdie its horizon.
The floor responds to the soft curve of the roof membrane with a slightly curved landscape, which was built using a simple planked wood stud construction. All elements were prefabricated by the students and assembled on site.

During the summer the students run the pavilion, initiate events and generate a new venue for everyone. When ./birdie illuminates and starts to sing, it acts as a magnet.

Local residents meet tourists, high culture meets subculture -./birdie is a vibrant interface, nestled in the middle of the ancient city ensemble of Innsbruck, with the Imperial Palace and the National Theatre. If a passerby enters ./birdie they become the protagonist, ./birdie becomes the stage, the urban environment becomes the auditorium. While resting under the large translucent roof, one can see birdie breathing in the wind. And as the sunlight shines through, the shadows illuminate the complex construction behind it.

Only its11 ground anchors prevent ./birdie from taking off.

“Space is only noise that you can see.” Nicolas Jaar

studio: ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke)
project name: ./birdie – cry baby!
In spring 2013, the ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke) realized, in collaboration with columbosnext and the Heart of Noise Festival, the accessible architectural installation “./birdie – Cry baby!”.

Sulzberg-Thal Fire Station by Dietrich Untertrifaller

In 2008 the architects of the Austrian group Dietrich Untertrifaller won a design contest for a fire station, which was recently completed. The station is situated on the outskirts of Sulzberg in the western region of Austria, characteristic by a traditional rustic architecture. Mass of the building is clad in silver fir and rises above the downward sloping landscape, culminating in a tower with glass on two sides that enables views of the station and the surrounding terrain.

The building is visibly divided into a garage with a control room accessible from a courtyard and the remaining spaces, grouped together according to their height and warmth. The control room is located on an elevated level with a view of the garage, courtyard and crew entry. The upper floor is filled with classroom, local archive and an office.

photos: inhabitat.com

Erich Sattler Winery by Architects Collective

Erich Sattler Winery is located in Tadten, a typical village in the Austrian wine region of Burgenland along the border to Hungary. The winery, located towards the centre of the village was constructed within a 12 x 120 m property alongside an existing L-shaped residential building with a courtyard and public access for pedestrians. At the other end of the property in the direction of the vineyards is the manufacturing and storage facility with a service entrance. In the middle of the property is a new building that is limited by two firewalls. The winery consist of the “winehall” on the ground floor that serves as a storage and processing facility, and the “wineloft” on the upper level that contains presentation space, a guest room and an office. The interior of the upper floor has an east and a west terrace with two long glass facades that allow for flowing inside/outside spaces. The roof terrace above overlooks the village and offer a 360 ° view of the surrounding vineyards, the nearby lakes and the foothills of the Alps.

The ground floor plan of the new building consists of a rectangle and the first floor of a parallelogram that is oriented east and west. These two basic forms are connected by a series of spatial diagonals and merged into a flowing overall form, creating a number of diverse spaces, views and topographies, which relate to the sun, the patio, and the surrounding environment. The remaining areas of the parallelogram serve as east and west terraces that are used for events and wine presentations. The interior space can be used as a single large space or partitioned into individual rooms through a large sliding wall and four large doors. In the middle of this space is a free standing pentagon-shaped construction made up of wooden panels that includes a kitchen and bathroom. The building construction itself consists of concrete and masonry as well as wood construction for ceilings and walls. All terraces have wooden floors and the façade of the building is painted dark grey on the outside and white on the inside. The orientation of the glass facades, the integrated cantilevered canopies and the possibility to cross ventilate every room and very good insulation allow for a pleasant climate all year round.

The project is a reflection on the relationship between contemporary architecture and existing buildings and the sensitive organization of divergent climate requirements in a winery building.

Although Burgenland has the most continental climate of Austria, with outside temperatures of -20 ° C to +40 ° C each year, the winery tries to avoid the use of building technology. The wine itself should be stored at a constant temperature between +15 ° C to +20 ° C. The old wine cellar of the winery was the basis for developing the climatic strategy for the new winery. The cellar is partially submerged in the soil to even out the changes in outside temperatures. The spaces allows for the exchange of air through small air holes in the exterior walls and a large main door. The architects used these traditional methods and developed the new building in close collaboration with the winemaker who is accustomed to dealing with these climate and temperature conditions and understands a winery building as a working tool.

The winehall on the ground floor consists of three areas, which may be separated according to specific needs:

• Multi-functional processing area
• Bottle storage
• Wine and cask storage

The processing of the grapes is done in the fall when the grapes are pressed, while bottling is mostly done in the winter and prepared for shipping in bottles, cartons and pallets. The activities not only require a large space and functional processes, but a high standard of hygiene, which is ensured by easy-to-clean and acid-resistant surfaces. In spring, the focus is mainly on the vineyard and sales activities.

The practical and hygienic requirements for the hall and the consideration regarding the traditional cellar method have led to the following solutions: The solid external walls and the ceiling between the hall and wineloft are clad on the inside with a 120mm thick insulation panel system that consists of powder-coated steel sheets. The panels are sealed at the joints along their entire length of up to 12m to withstand wetness, humidity and vapor exposure, creating a highly-insulated shell. The concrete floor is not insulated in order to let the temperature of the soil balance the air temperature of the interior, cooling the air inside the building in summer and warming it in winter. Ideally the wine is stored at a continuous and narrow band temperature. During this time, the winehall is kept closed at all times to keep the room temperature stabile. The large self-closing door in the south and a fast-moving sectional door are only opened for a longer time if outside temperatures are suitable. During such days, the doors and the skylights are open to allow for cross ventilation for several hours to reduce moisture and to clean the air.

Above the winehall located on the upper level is the wineloft, a large space that can be divide into several areas, and that includes a wine presentation room, an open kitchen, a guest room, an office and two terraces. The space between the wineloft and winehall is a 1 m high empty volume that is ventilated and insulated to prevent condensation during extreme internal temperatures. A staircase connects the two areas of the building and acts as an exhaust duct, if necessary. Additional technical aids such as controlled mechanical ventilation or heating have therefore not been necessary for the winery.

The idea to carefully twist and deform parts of the wineloft was derived after the sun’s path. This passive strategy results in solar temperature gains for the interior spaces in winter and shades the rooms in summer. Due to the optimized orientation towards the sun, an ultra-low energy building standard with an energy index of 25 kWh / m² could be realized.

The upper floor consists of a highly insulated timber structure with a roof surfaces and mineral insulation of 40 cm and 0.15 W / m² K and exterior walls with a value of 0.2 W / m² K. The large glass surfaces allow for a continuous relationship between interior spaces and terraces and have a U-value of 0.9 W / m² K and a total value of 1.2 W / m² K. The wineloft is equipped with underfloor heating which is powered by a small air-to-air heat pump with 2.5 kW, which is only used at temperatures below -10 ° C. The partially folded roof shape allows for good cross-ventilation and a light-filled interior for all areas.

project description: Construction of a winery
including barrel vault, tasting room, office and guest rooms
location: Obere Hauptstrasse 10, A-7162 Tadten, Austria
client: Erich Sattler Winery
planning services: architectural planning
schematic design/design development/construction documents/site supervision
team: Andreas Frauscher, Patrick Herold, Richard Klinger, Kurt Sattler
construction company: Gartner Schienerbau GmbH
carpentry: Holzbau Kast GmbH
glass facade: Metallbau Raditsch GmbH
joinery: Glen Lynch
site area: 300 m²
floor area: 400 m²
gross floor area: 450 m²
cubage: 4.500 m³
planning: 2009
construction: 2010
building cost: €355.000
construction cost: €410.000 (building costs, interior, landscape)
capital cost: €460.000 (building costs, interior, exterior, fees, other costs)

source: architectscollective.net

Climate Protection Supermarket by Love Architecture

The first energy self-sufficient store that produces more energy than it uses. Organic products and a healthy lifestyle are mega trends in our society and therefore in the food industry as well. When building supermarkets, environmental friendliness and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. Economically and ecologically sustainable construction and operation minimize the ecological footprint and reduce the life-cycle cost of buildings.
This market is a 3rd generation climate protection store with a gold certification from the ÖGNI (Austrian Green Building Council). In fact, the site produces more energy than the store uses, making it Austria’s first energy self-sufficient supermarket.

Architecturally speaking, the structure consists of a simple folded shell that arches over the triangular-shaped property. The store opens onto the parking lot in all three dimensions, to the front, sideways and upwards, which creates very broad and inviting entry from this direction. On the south side, where the store tapers, a glass façade offers a “front side” to the Floßlendplatz. This reinforces the virtual effect of being drawn in and through the store and makes it appear as an open, bright and friendly market place.

The building envelope itself features slight folds and wrinkles. This creates a different effect from each perspective, and the building thereby achieves a significant dynamic and tension: “like an athlete before jumping.”
For the façade, the goal was to create a strong haptic quality with materials that convey the themes of climate protection and naturalness, but also modernity and innovation. The façade consists of galvanized sheet steel and wood. Due to their contrast, the two materials convey the different themes, while also creating additional excitement.

The roof was designed as a fifth façade, with circular, hill-shaped green spaces. Climate protection store – technical implementation: In order to achieve the goal of a climate protection store, a wide variety of measures were necessary, which can be summarized in five large areas: The highly-insulating building envelope minimizes both energy loss and energy input. The building technology includes room ventilation, heat recovery and a sectional foundation slab for cooling and heating; lighting with LED technology and daylight control systems. The use of sustainable, separable and reusable building materials, preferably solvent-free and non-toxic. The micro climate at the site. This means the creation of as many green spaces as possible, including on the roof, which were designed to achieve a hydrologic balance by leaching all of the surface water on the property. In addition, the delivery area is enclosed to minimize noise emissions. The energy generation. In addition, a photovoltaic power plant is located in the parking lot, and a hydropower turbine will be installed in the adjacent Mühlgang stream for energy generation. These features create more energy than the store uses, and the excess energy can be fed back into the grid. The overall result is an energy self-sufficient climate protection store that offers an inviting atmosphere for shoppers and a high-quality workplace for

Area: NSF 1,100m2, GFA 1,500m2
Date of completion: December 2011
General planner: LOVE architecture

source: love-home.com

Villa in Kitzbühel by Splendid Architecture

Kitzbuehel Mansion is a work of the architectonic office Splendid Architecture based in Hamburg. This luxurious residence is located, as the name suggests, in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The construction started in October 2009 and was completed in a short year and a half. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery, which magnifies its simplistic splendor. It consists of two parts, wings, which in a way close into each other. Connection between them is created on the ground level by a glass enclosed dining area.

On the upper level, this part functions as a terrace. The eastern wing is designed for regular daily activities, while the space of the western one is predominantly occupied by bedrooms. Next to the „ordinary“ rooms, the villa boasts with several guest rooms and wine basement. The trademark of this structure is most certainly the facade, clad with locally sourced tyrolean wood. These wooden planks are projected over the large Windows.

photo: homedsgn.com

Sankt Pölten Technology Center by AllesWirdGut

Architects of the AllesWirdGut atelier from Vienna developed a technology centre design to be constructed in Sankt Pölten, Austria. The centre is a part of the campus of WIFI – the Institute for support of development of economy in lower Austria. The centre building will offer workshop spaces for the New Design University. Interior of the centre creates places for multiple functions, accessible directly from the common lobby.

Therefore it creates opourtunities for communication among the building users. The lobby is linked to the outer square, which is in the vicinity of the main campus building. The framework of the building, along with the ceiling tiles, are visible from the exterior through the glass facade. Bystanders can therefore observe internal activity of the centre, which creates a dynamic appearance of the whole structure.

photos: designboom.com

UNESCO World Heritage Centre by Najjar & Najjar Architects

Najjar & Najjar Architects are the authors of a new UNESCO World Heritage Centre with an adjoined shipping pier. The complex is built on a riverfront near Krems, in the northeast Austria. This architectonic studio, based in Vienna was founded in 1999 by the brothers Karim and Rames Najjar. In the 12 years of existence they have completed multiple projects featuring a high level of sophistication of shapes and forms, elegance, energy and a true sense of dynamics. The centre and the pier are connected by a bent-wing-resembling roof structure, which also creates a gate to the landscape of the “Wachau”. The area is represented by six illuminated screens telling its story. The roof is the central element of the whole complex, mainly for its dramatic expression. It creates a structure, that shelters a space for a variety of culturural, culinary or interpersonal encounters.

photos: contemporist.com – manfred seidl

Officies of Wirtschaftsblatt in Vienna

WirtschaftsBlatt is the Austrian leading newspaper which offers the latest economic, finance and financial market news.

In the world where work is increasingly independent of place and time due to modern information and communication technologies, the offices of the newspaper gain a new meaning. The space of the editorial office, which is defined by quick exchange of information, transparency, interaction, a dynamic approach and an innovative spirit, is determined by its final product. Creating the daily newspaper issues and all of its digital applications requires high quality offices in terms of their space and function.

“Change to a new spirit” is the guideline based on which the new office space of WirtschaftsBlatt is designed as a fresh, dynamic and open space, establishing the identity of the newspaper.

The functional concept of offices was dictated in part by the existing space. Therefore, the space is divided into three main zones – the central entrance area, administration part and the editorial office together with production.

The new space organisation creates a connection between open office space and introverted units with various functions (offices, meeting rooms, service rooms, etc.). Half-open elements for meetings, brainstorming, exchange of information and socialising, are located along the main communication axis, which passes through offices, and they link the space as well as create its visual and sound division.

The organisation and arrangement of each individual part of office space enables a maximum yet controlled flow of information. The open space provides the necessary sound and visual division of individual workplaces by mutual orientation and dependence in the space.

The office space is visually divided by subtle graphics, which link different elements into a whole at the same time. The graphic elements represent the iconised contents of WirtschaftsBlatt with the typical identification elements of Vienna and Austria.

Furniture design visually and functionally depends on both the existing space and identity of the newspaper. Its subtle design and mathematical arrangement enable transparency and openness of the space with a great deal of privacy of an individual workplace, especially in open office space. Colour emphasis establishes the diversity of the space and the connection with the newspaper’s identity. Each individual zone in office space includes specially designed elements which follow their function and establish the central points of events due to their design, thereby dictating the dynamics and flow of the space.

Through the demanding implementation, which is reflected in a consistent architectural and functional concept in new offices, an important role was played by the austrian company M.O.O.CON GmbH.

The result of excellent cooperation in the project between the client and architects is an office space which embodies WirtschaftsBlatt with its architectural design, the design of furniture, the colour concept and graphics.

Architecture, graphic design and furniture design by: IDFL d.o.o, Ljubljana, Slovenija,

Client: Wirtschafts Blatt Verlag AG, Vienna, Austria

Professional associates: M.O.O.CON GmbH / project management /
Leska d.o.o. / production of wooden furniture /
Mizarstvo Tratar Marjan s.p. / production of wooden furniture / Digitalni studio Printam.si / implementation of graphics /

Project and implementation: 2011

Location: Vienna, Austria

Surface: 1700 m2

Photography: Iztok Lemajič

The Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum by Werner Tscholl

A road, formerly used mainly by migrating wild animals, connects the Pesseiertal and Ötztal valleys. These valleys, surrounded by a natural border created by the foot of the Timmelsjoch mountain chain, are connected by an ancient and rare simmilarity. Architectonic sculptures, situated on several touristic stops  along the road, introduce the beautiful landscape panoramas, its history, cultural background as well as local community and the economy of the region.

After visiting these structures and learning about the place, the tourists acquire so called „Timmelsjoch Experience“ – a regional mountain travel know-how. A part of this experience is Passo del Rombo – a museum by Werner Tscholl Architects. Located on the border of Germany (North Tyrole) and Italy the Pass Museum points out towards the South Tyrole side with its boulder-like structure, highlighting the international character of the Timmelsjoch Experience. Its interior resembles an ice cave, which honors the pioneers of High Alpine Road and their advancements.

Mountain House by KM Architects

The house surrounded by beautiful mountain wild is located in the valley near by Innsbruck, Austria. Architecture studio KM Architects has designed this modern housing made from wood. Ground-floor was literally embedded in the landscape, the garage was built as an integral part of this floor. First floor houses kitchen, dining room and an open living room with a large terrace viewing at the beautiful mountains.

Entire second floor serves as a bedroom with private bathroom. Materials that dominates in the interior are natural materials as wood for example and natural colors. Wooden wall-covering used on the facade and on the terrace was laid in both directions what accentuates the simplicity of the construction and gives it a cachet.

photos: anythinginside.com

3S Villa

People are more and more into living close to the nature where they can find peace, run away from a big city hustle and breath fresh air. The trend of moving to the cities is not that common as few years ago and we can see a comeback of an old trend of moving to the countryside. One thing has changed though, new country houses are not inspired by traditional ones, they are reflecting modern architecture trends.

The 3S villa is an example of these modern country houses. Built by an architecture studio called Love Architecture, it is located in a suburb of the Austrian city of Graz, Geifdorf. Architects themselves described the house as simple, light, optimistic, playful, as a little-big complex. The design is unconventional and unique, providing all that one needs for everyday life. An impressive roof and two wooden terraces create together a symbol of unity with nature. The interior space has enough of natural light coming through glazed facade. The predominating material is wood in combination with white color it looks very fresh and calming at the same time. The villa has a warm and cosy atmosphere.

photos: home-reviews.com

The Spiraling Library

The design is an extension of the National Library of Austria from the Beijing-based architect Chris Prechteck. It is located close to the castle in Wien and contains a number of cultural facilities, creative studios, restaurants and shops. The spiraling structure offers 1 200 square meters of exhibition space as well as 600 square meters of underground multifunctional space. The spiraling structure features a mosaic form of crystal-like excisions along its body, allowing natural daylight to filter through to the interior. The movement of pedestrians in the streets has not been affected in any way. It creates some kind of an arch and the roof functions also as a garden. The solid structure offers at every point a different spatial experience and intuitively leads the visitors to the entrance hall.

photos: mymodernmet.com