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10 Reasons Every Architect Should

Visit Austria
Contemporary design has been cleverly interwoven
throughout cities and nature alike.

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With countless dramatic mountains and picturesque towns, Austria is

renowned for its idyllic landscapes. Capitalizing on these powerful
contexts, Austrian designers embrace the surroundings to form sensitive
and critical works. This can be readily seen in the countryʼs cultural
projects. Both simple and bold in nature, Austriaʼs civic architecture
emerges from a complex history and unique building traditions.

The following collection showcases how contemporary design has been

cleverly interwoven throughout cities and nature alike across this Central
European country. With careful consideration given to adjacencies,
circulation and program, the projects promote strong relationships
between people and place. Together, they reveal how Austriaʼs modern
cultural architecture has been thoughtfully constructed within the
Cemetery and Wake Room by Schneider & Lengauer Architekten, Tir.,

Designed as an elegant, tranquil addition to the cemetery of Hopfgarten

in Defereggen, this wake room project was created to integrate with its
surroundings. Connecting to a late-baroque church and the burial
grounds, the design was made with large stone walls and a warm wooden
Culture Congress Centre by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT
GmbH, Eisenstadt, Austria

Pichler and Traupmannʼs cultural center design includes a screened

façade and multiple interior meeting spaces. These larger zones are
balanced with adjacent circulation paths and more impromptu gathering
Diocesan Museum Fresach by Marte.Marte Architects, Fresach, Austria

Building off the surrounding urban fabric, this museum completes a

public square lined by a church, rectory, meeting house and cemetery.
Formed as a monolithic block, the project uses both exposed and
polished concrete to create smooth white surfaces.
Flederhaus by Heri&Salli, Vienna, Austria

The unconventional Flederhaus pavilion was designed as a vertical public

space that is open and accessible for the public to relax. The building
features a cluster of hammocks overlooking the surrounding park and
Festival Hall of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl by Delugan Meissl Associated
Architects, Erl, Austria

This angular hall was designed as a response to its surrounding

topography using patterns and tectonics. It was created with a façade
and materials that play off the background rock formations and the
flowing visual and spatial design.
TMW Technical Museum Vienna by querkraft architekten zt gmbh,
Penzing, Wien, Austria

Created as a shop and new entrance foyer, this project at Viennaʼs

Technical Museum features an integrated masterplan and better visitor
circulation. The design was also made with multifunctional pieces of
glass-fiber reinforced furniture for seating and night-time illumination.
Neubau Dorfzentrum Kappl by brenner + kritzinger architekten, Austria

Balancing the desire to respect the village square while building on a

steeply inclined slope, the Neubau Dorfzentirum Kappl was made into a
U-shape. Local materials were used throughout the construction,
including larch wood and natural stone masonry to complement
surrounding structures.
Cultural Centre Bad Radkersburg by Gangoly & Kristiner Architects,
Bad Radkersburg, Austria

Created as an event space in the old city center of Bad Radkersburg, this
cultural project was placed in three buildings along the main city square.
Formed as several rooms of different sizes, the design allows
individualized, combined and comprehensive uses.
Musikprobelokal | Schützenheim | Festplatz | by Gsottbauer
architektur.werkstatt, Innsbruck, Austria

Sited adjacent to Waidburg Castle, this building features a passe-

partout-like roofed gallery. Made with both a landscape-viewing platform
and a stage area, the projectʼs main spaces are carefully integrated
around 100-year-old chestnut trees.
Museum am Bergisel by stoll.wagner architekten, Innsbruck, Austria

Housing a large panoramic painting on a small site, this museum near

Innsbruck was designed as a low-rise structure among the surrounding
park. Making a strong sculptural statement overlooking bridges and
traffic to the east, the project features a spacious plaza overlooking the
Inn Valley.

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