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The Parsonage in Krumbach

The Parsonage in Krumbach

For many years, the municipality of Krumbach has been thoroughly engaged in further developing the community. Three architectural firms were invited to develop a study of the town centre.

The first step was the creation of a new bus stop near the ‘Alter Sennhus’ Alpine dairy, which is at the northern extension of the village square. After the Alpine dairy was demolished, Bernardo Bader, Rene Bechter and Hermann Kaufmann began preparing the roadside timber building.

The old parsonage was no longer suited to the needs of the village. For the municipality, space was needed for a music rehearsal room, a library and a small event hall. The parish also needed more space for choir rehearsals and parochial activities. At first, the development plan was intended for two buildings. But since the old parsonage eventually had to be demolished, the team of architects erected a single building at the edge of the street. This resulted in a spacious village square and a structural boundary towards the south.

The new parsonage is reminiscent of the previous building in terms of volume and roof shape. The self-confident building pleasantly redefines the centre of the village. The floor-to-ceiling openings on the ground floor highlight the public functions: The foyer leads directly from the church square to the event hall, while the kitchen and parish office are located to the side. The open staircase leads to the library, the parish residence on the upper floor and the music practice rooms in the basement.

Apart from the floor slab, the building is made of wood from the community’s own forests. The wooden facade consists of rough silver fir with varying slat widths to create depth. The interior is also made of silver fir from Krumbach and only the floors are made of oak. For the heavily used entrance area, natural granite was chosen to harmonise with the wood.

Krumbach Tourismus

Dorf 2, 6942 Krumbach, Österreich

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