“Building in context” has been one of the core maxims of the Vorarlberger Bauschule (Vorarlberg Building School) for a number of decades. Its influence is reflected in built-up zones as well as projects realised in the open landscape. Generous allowances are made for the terrain during the planning phase and construction is undertaken in harmony with nature.
All these buildings interact with their natural environment. Their forms are inspired by topographical factors such as the lie of the land and the flowing waters, eye-catching vegetation and majestic mountains, and the interplay of sun and water or light and shade in specific locations. Some even use reflective surfaces and window cut-outs to place the scenery at the very heart of their design.
Reduced materiality – using a limited range of building materials – plays a key role in this regard. A small number of structures, such as the Golmerbahn cable car in Vandans and the Islamic cemetery in Altach, feature artistic interventions like colour concepts, ornaments and scThe buildings exude a sense of calm, betraying almost no hint of the extensive efforts that have gone into securing the terrain while ensuring structural stability and load-bearing capacity. As well-functioning infrastructure buildings, they guarantee smooth operation and offer a special way to experience nature and architecture.