"Building in Context" is the maxim to which Vorarlberg’s architectural schools have been subscribing for decades. This philosophy becomes manifest itself in built-up areas and in nature interventions. The specific designs always respect the natural surroundings and fully integrate the terrain.
This tour takes you from Lake Constance to the Montafon valley.
The built structures stand in dialogue with their natural environment. They take formal inspiration from the topography of the terrain or the bodies of water, from the salient structures of the vegetation or the mountain silhouette, from the situational qualities of water and sun, and from the multi-faceted interplay of light and shadow, or highlight them on mirror surfaces and in window panes. Materiality that is reduced to the essential and a limitation to just a few building materials are important features. Occasionally, artistic interventions make a subtle statement using colour schemes, ornaments or sculptures, such as at the Golmerbahn ropeway in Vandans or the Islamic cemetery in Altach. Functionality and aesthetics are well balanced: most buildings do not show the massive efforts that were spent on terrain fortification, building stability and load transfer. As fully functional infrastructure buildings they ensure smooth functionality all the while presenting themselves as sites where nature and architecture become tangible in an exceptional manner.
Vorarlberger Architekturinstitut und Vorarlberg Tourismus
Updated: September 24, 2019
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Lochau (397 m)
32T 555987 5264057
Starting in Lochau (bathhouse at Kaiserstrand), the tour heads to the sailing port in Fussach (port office and Nordwesthaus Rohner) and via Lustenau to the A14 motorway, the Dornbirn-Süd exit to the Altach-Götzis exit, from there briefly on the L190 to Altach (Islamic cemetery), passing through Götzis on the L50 to Arbogast (St Arbogast water pavilion) and Klaus. Following the L62, the tour continues on the B190 to Rankweil-Brederis (golf driving range). Via the Feldkirch-Nord exit you return onto the A14 and continue to the Bludenz-Montafon exit and from there on the L188 to Lorüns (Alfenz bridge), Vandans (Golmerbahn ropeway) and Tschagguns (ski jump complex).
Further hints en route: In the Lustenau-Dornbirn area, the Vetterhof (organic farm with farm shop) in Lustenau shortly before the exit to the A 14 and the inatura Nature Museum Dornbirn (interactive exhibition and documentation centre on nature in Vorarlberg) merit a detour. Having passed the Golmerbahn ropeway, you are treated to a splendid view of the new Illwerke Zentrum Montafon on the Rodund reservoir. From the mountain terminal of the Golmerbahn, there are fabulous views of the Verwall and Raetikon massifs. You can explore the traditional tiered system of high-alpine farming (maisaess culture) on a short walk. 13 stations have been set up along the themed trail, each of which illustrates an aspect of high-alpine and maissaess farming. At 11 sites, hikers will come across unconventional objects created by Montafon artist Roland Haas. Each sculpture focuses on a given theme related to the Montafon tradition of high-alpine farming.
You will find a number of hotels and restaurants of special architectural interest both on your way and in the surroundings which are ideal if you want to stay for the night or break for a meal on your "architectours" through Vorarlberg.
Public car park at the railway station in Lochau (vis-à-vis the bathhouse)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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