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Architectural tours and excursions

Want to participate in an architectural tour or excursion? Local professional partners are available to help with the planning, which is key as not all buildings in Vorarlberg’s architectural scene are currently open to the public.

Vorarlberger Architektur Institut – Professionally led excursions

The Vorarlberger Architektur Institut (vai) is your contact partner for professionally led excursions for groups of all sizes. With English, French and German speaking architectural guides, the vai can help you to plan and prepare your very own architectural excursion in Vorarlberg. They would also be happy to organise talks and lectures on topics such as sustainable construction and regional development or to involve architects, craftsmen or developers.

Contact:
vai – Vorarlberger Architektur Institut
Claudine Pachnicke
T +43 5572 51169
tour@v-a-i.at
www.v-a-i.at (in German)


Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus

Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus supports groups in planning and designing architectural tours. Guided tour programmes rely on special “Austriaguides,” who are especially versed in this subject area. During the tours, guides provide professionally relevant information whilst crystallizing the connection between knowledge and the cultural heritage of Vorarlberg. The tour primarily focuses on public museums and touristic constructions.

Contact:
T +43 5574 43443-0
gruppen@bodensee-vorarlberg.com
www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com


Energieinstitut Vorarlberg: Energy-efficient and ecological construction

The Energieinstitut Vorarlberg organises energy-related lectures, excursions and research trips. Interested parties can book professional lectures, expert panels or half-day or multi-day research trips. By relying on and involving competent experts from the field, they ensure that such sessions are highly relevant to participants.
Example topics: making construction ecologically sound in Vorarlberg, building standards and construction concepts (passive house, energy-plus house, etc.). Lectures are also possible in French, Japanese, Italien with interpreter.

Contact:
T +43 5572 31 202-96
info@energieinstitut.at
www.energieinstitut.at/vortraege-und-fachexkursionen (in German)


architektur INFORM – The agency for architectural trips

architektur INFORM specialises in organising and implementing excursions to contemporary architecture sites in Vorarlberg. The event programme is individually created in consultation with the customer.

Contact:
Brigitte Jussel
T +43 664 2301643
office@architekturinform.com
www.architekturinform.com (in German)

Vorarlberger Holzbaukunst
vorarlberg museum, bregenz, architektur (c) andreas praefcke / wikimedia commons

The successful trinity of timber architecture in Vorarlberg: Architecture, ecology and precision craftsmanship

Public architectural tours


vorarlberg museum

The intriguing architecture of the vorarlberg museum in Bregenz, with features like a 23-metre-high clay wall and a facade decorated with flower-blossom impression, is designed to pique the curiosity of visitors. Numerous guided tours are available; please see the vorarlberg museum’s website for detailed information in German. Participation cost is € 5 per person excl. cost of entry.
Robert Fabach, architect and founder of the Vorarlberg Architecture Archive, can provide an overview of the architectural developments in Vorarlberg during a one-hour presentation. Afterwards, he can show concrete examples that illustrate his findings during a tour of the vorarlberg museum.
Participation fee: € 9 plus entry
Appointments can be arranged by calling +43 (0)5574 46050-519 or via email: kulturvermittlung@vorarlbergmuseum.at

Event series “architektur vor ort” (vai)

Once per month on a Friday afternoon, visitors can take part in a guided tour led by architects and developers. During such tours, select public and private buildings will be showcased. No prior registration necessary.
Excursion appointments: www.v-a-i.at (in German)
Contact:  T+43 5572 51169, avo@v-a-i.at


Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB)

In designing the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor endeavoured to create a museum true to its purpose as a place where people can enjoy works of art in peace. Because of the building’s unique architecture and its event programme, the Kunsthaus Bregenz is recognised as one of Europe’s most outstanding exhibition centres for the contemporary arts. During an architectural tour, it is possible to discover more about the specific characteristics of the Kunsthaus. Visitors can also learn more about the history of the KUB, its construction, the materials used and the climatic characteristics of the building.
Tours take place on the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am.
Cost is € 5 per person plus entry.
Current information and booking at: www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at
Contact: Kontakt: T +43 5574 485 94-0, kub@kunsthaus-bregenz.at


Illwerke Zentrum Montafon

The Illwerke Zentrum Montafon (IZM) is one of the world’s largest timber-hybrid office buildings and was planned by architect Hermann Kaufmann. The creation of the first “Green/Blue Building” of this size in Vorarlberg, illwerke vkw set new standards in sustainable construction. Visiting the Illwerke Zentrum Montafon is only possible during the week and with prior registration. We would be happy to organise a tour. The guided tour is free of charge, takes about 2 hours, and is suitable for groups of 10 to 20 people. For capacity reasons, guided tours are not offered to travel agencies.
To register, please visit Illwerke VKW-Welten (in German)
Contact: T +43 5556 701 83495, besichtigung@illwerkevkw.at


Montafon Nordic Ski Jumping Centre

Completed in 2014 and designed by the mitiska-wäger architectural firm, the ski-jumping facility in Schruns-Tschagguns makes use of the natural topography and was seamlessly integrated into the existing landscape. The facility is primarily used to improve the skills of up-and-coming ski jumpers and is used year round by regional and international associations for training purposes.
Tours of the new facility take place weekly and provide insights into the fascinating sport while also offering impressive views. In wintertime, hot drinks are offered under the floodlights at the starting building and provide great views of the facility and the village of Schruns!

Guided tours:
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Price € 12 in summer (winter: € 15); kids/senior citizens: € 8 (winter € 11)
Guided tours for groups upon request.
More information and guided-tour registration at: www.montafon-nordic.at (in German)
Contact: Kontakt: T +43 5556 76176 – 0, info@vsz-tschagguns.at


Werkraumhaus Bregenzerwald

In 2008, the renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor announced the construction of the Werkraumhaus Bregenzerwald. Peter Zumthor is known far and wide as an architect of extraordinary craftsmanship. In constructing the Werkraumhaus, he set a striking example for workmanship and artistry in Bregenzerwald.
The visual plans were based upon two core concepts: That the building should serve as both a special gathering place and, at the same time, a showcase displaying craftsmanship unique to Bregenzerwald. The wooden roof and the glass facade best express this concept. The separation of interior and exterior space is eliminated, allowing the landscape to flow through the entire house.

Guided tours:
Duration: approx 50 mi
Groups from 15 people: € 7 plus reduced entry fee (€ 5) per person
Reduced entry (school children, students, apprentices): € 4 plus reduced entry fee (€ 5) per person
Groups fewer than 15 people, €105 fixed price plus reduced entry per person

Contact:
T +43 5512 263 86
info@werkraum.at
www.werkraum.at