Architecture: SRAP Sedlak Rissland; René Rissland + Dürschinger Architekten; Peter Dürschinger
Client: Gemeindeverband Söll-Scheffau-Ellmau
Photos: René Rissland
Location: Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Tirol, Austria
Year of completion: 2017
Total area: 5.120 m2
Site area: 6.045 m2
The new building is situated at the foothills of the “Wilder Kaiser” Mountain Range, directly adjacent to a former residential and care home that no longer corresponds to the required standards.
The building consists of two compact volumes interlocking at the central section where they form an atrium. Three different outside spaces are created by the positioning on the plot: a public garden, a separate dementia garden and a playground for children.
The main entrance of the building is marked by a crystalline Y-support made of prefab concrete. The public areas are located on ground floor level. The Care Units are spread over the two upper levels with a total of 54 apartments.
The outer surface is covered by a broom finished plaster. Wooden inlays of profiled larch boards accentuate the windows. The traditional system of cut outs and palings is translated contextually and used as screen providing privacy, protecting from the sun and painting subtle shadows on the facade. Tradition and modernity thus meet to form a harmonious whole.