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Andelsbuch im Bregenzerwald © Renja Metzler / Andelsbuch Tourismus

The Wälderversicherung Insurance Building in Andelsbuch

The Wälderversicherung Insurance Building in Andelsbuch

This thoughtfully designed administration building is located in the village centre of Andelsbuch, a municipality in the Bregenzerwald.

Along the L200 road, the town centre is formed by the church, old farmhouses, the municipal building, the historic railway station and the new Werkraum building. With its simple and compact form, this four-storey timber building with a gable roof blends carefully into the urban environment. At the same time, the stately building asserts itself among small and large-scale public and private buildings.

The building is enveloped in vertical slats of silver fir wood. The façade is only interrupted in a few places by large, asymmetrically positioned openings. In front of some windows, the narrow façade slats act as coverings to filter incoming light. Only in the evening, when the artificial light from inside penetrates to the outside, do these window openings become recognisable as such. Without awnings, the façade extends all the way to the roof, which gives the building a homogeneous and monolithic appearance. The building even complies with the passive house standard. High-quality insulation of all heated components and the minimisation of the thermal building envelope keep operating costs low. An intelligent building services system combined with controlled ventilation with heat recovery combine to create an ecological and cost-saving heating and cooling concept. The consistent use of local spruce and fir wood from the surrounding forests and the commissioning of craftsmen and companies from the region have generated local added value.

Architects: Jürgen Haller, Peter Plattner – 2013
Awards: ZV-Bauherrenpreis (developer prize) 2013


Hof 780
6866 Andelsbuch
T +43 5512 2386


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