Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg: Energy Concepts and by Ulrich Dangel

By Ulrich Dangel

Die gelungene Verknüpfung des regionalen Baustils von raffinierter Einfachheit mit einer nachhaltigen Bauweise verleiht der Vorarlberger Architektur weltweit Modellcharakter. Das Buch stellt gelungene Projekte unterschiedlicher Bautypen mit Schwerpunkt Energiekonzept und Konstruktionsweise vor. Alle Pläne wurden eigens für das Buch erstellt.

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The resurgence of Vorarlberg's craft culture towards the end of the twentieth century can only be understood within the context of its contemporary architecture. 6 upholstering of chairs in Andelsbuch 7 Manufacturong of furniture in Reuthe The revival of timber construction techniques in the 1960s through a number of young architects including Hans Purin and Rudolf Wager led to a renewed self-confidence for many building professions. In their search for a new language, these pioneering architects were not only inspired by the local vernacular, but also revisited the region's tradition of high-quality craft.

This minimal intervention makes all elements within the sanctuary visible and serves to illuminate the circulation areas, following the visitor throughout the entire church. The quality of light entering through the slits facilitates the gradual transition to the dimly lit main nave, contributing to the mystic ism of the space. Material and Energy Concept Architect Christian Lenz drew inspiration from the solid construction of the church and the objects he found inside to arrive at his material selection.

The steep slope also made it challenging for the architect to fulfill the family's desire for bright, light-filled spaces with a generous open living, dining, and kitchen area. Another important requirement was the physical connection of the new family home to the immediately adjacent millwork shop. The building's exterior borrows from the local vernacular architecture. The simple volume with gabled roof, covered patio, and wood cladding reflects traditional building elements to be found throughout the region.

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