In the Middle of the Forest– Radical Attitude Meets Precise Craftsmanship

Almost untouched by the hustle and bustle of tourism and top wellness facilities on the Turrach, a small village has grown. Situated on steep slopes and in the middle of the forest, three slender residential towers and a barn rest between pines and larches.

Photo credits: Winkler+Ruck Architekten

Photo credits: Winkler+Ruck Architekten

Photo credits: Winkler+Ruck Architekten

Photo credits: Winkler+Ruck Architekten

 

The Turracher Höhe lies at approximately 1,800 meters at the border of Carinthia, Styria and Salzburg. Nestled in the Carinthian Nockberge mountains, the landscape is characterised by gentle pastures, soaring mountain peaks, the lake and a wide variety of leisure activities. The mountain is famous for its many traditional and wellness establishments, attracting visitors and locals year-round. As the tradition goes, most tourist regions refurbish, build additions and extend. Along with the continuous competition for overnight stays, inquiries from investors marketing chalets and mountain villages in lakes and alpine regions in Carinthia have also increased in recent years. The landscape and soil have become an investment and object of speculation. Innumerable identical huts were erected to achieve greater economic efficiency. The use of the copy function to the maximum. Especially in case of construction projects located in sensitive (cultural) landscapes, it is necessary to provide an appropriate design on a sustainable scale. It is best when the building developer or investor work together with the architects, show a clear stance and implement it consistently.

The complete article is published in Autumn 2019 issue of Piranesi No. 41/Vol. 27.

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Project Data

Architecture:winkler+ruck architekten zt gmbh
Coworkers (employees): Dietmar Hribernig, Hannes Jellitsch, Harald Grantner, Roland Kaltenegger
Client: Robert Holmann, Lago immobilien gmbh
Planning period: 2015 – 2017
Construction period and completion: 2016 – 2017
Building Control: Build.ing Baumanagement Gmbh
Statics: Klaus Gelbmann zt, Ib Alfred Lagger
Building Physics: Kastner Zt Gmbh
Hvac Engineering: Tb Dieter Kohler
Electrical engineering: Ib Hartl
Executing companies: Strabag, Pongauer Holzbau, Holzbau Tschabitscher, Tischlerei Weko, Kunstschmiede Fladnitzer, Hechenleitner & Cie, Elektrosysteme Jerabek