Best of Passive House Series – Project 2: Municipal Office St. Gerold, Vorarlberg, Austria #Passivehouse #NetZero
Passive House Building
Municipal Office St. Gerold, Vorarlberg, Austria
by Alexander Maurer
The in 2010 completed municipal office building in the village of St. Gerold in Vorarlberg, Austria, came in 2nd at the Passive House Architectural Awards organized by the Passivhaus Institute Darmstadt. Yes, a Passive House can be an office building, a School or Kindergarden, a manufacturing plant and even a Hotel, not only a residential dwelling.
Here is what the Jury had to say:
The cube shape of the building stands in contrast to and stands out from the surrounding countryside. The ground floor access area seems to follow the naturally from the structure’s location at a bend in the nearby hillside road, with an outdoor area nestled between the supporting wall and the building itself on the garden level.
The building is accessible from its slope-ward side, while the functional rooms face the valley below, making for a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. The use of wood, characterizing both the building’s interior and exterior, harmoniously recreates a bond with the surrounding countryside.
Solid Wood panels were used for this 4 storey Passive House with wood sourced from the surrounding forests. The finishing is untreated white fir which is quite popular in the region of Vorarlberg. More exceptional projects by Architects Cukrowicz-Nachbaur can be found here: http://www.cn-architekten.at
In October we will showcase a rather unusual Passive House project – stay tuned.
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