Interesting buildings/architecture just pop up out of the blue wherever you go. This time it is the architecture of the Gantner Instruments building in Schruns, Montafon, Vorarlberg, Austria. This building is designed by a local architect, Christian Vonier of Lang Vonier Architekten.
It is a most striking building whether it is your taste or not, but it commands a very prominent spot as you pass through Schruns Montafon in Vorarlberg, Austria. I happened on this building as it was part of my route to the Silvretta Montafon Ski Area. The fact that it is striking may also be that as a building design, it is quite unique in this town, especially compared to the traditional architecture, like the image below of the typical church sitting on a hill overlooking Schruns.
I had a couple of strange looks as I pulled up to walk round the building from those working inside. However, after deciding I was probably yet another fan of the building design, they left me to my own devices.
The shell around the base structure is what makes the building – clever design really, as you could use this over older buildings (here’s me just thinking out loud), and I guess it is applying the commercial ‘cover style’ on a smaller scale. The horizontal block strips of aluminium provide the style over the practical base layer, which I assume hides all the practical construction like insulation, resulting in a very light floating visual effect. The effect reminds me of layers of snow broken up by the ground showing through when snow melts and spring arrives.
I did have a peek at the entrance to the interior, maybe another time when I feel brave enough to ask if it were possible for me to have a look around. In the mean time I found an article of the Gantner Building by Martina Magnet at Fassaden-Blog and she has images of the interior which will give you an idea of what it is like looking out from the building as well. The images in the article were taken by Christian Schellander.
So who would have thought that Vorarlberg would offer an interesting choice of modern architecture on top of its famous skiing areas. Or would the question be: how could I be distracted by the architecture of a building while on a ski holiday?