C Verena Konrad at the Schanerlochbrücke, Ebnit, Dornbirn (c) Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
“These bridges bridge the gap between natural and cultural landscapes”, says Verena Konrad, Manager of the Vorarlberger Architektur Institut (vai) in Dornbirn. It is the objectiveof vai, which comprises around 400 members, predominantly from the region, yet also from other place s around the world, to promote regional architecture of a high quality, to present it as an interface between culture, art, craftsmanship, industry, science, politics and tourism.
Stefan Marte, Chairman of the vai, and Bernhard Marte from marte.marte architekten are responsible for the bridges in the Ebnit Valley which Verena Konrad is presenting as brilliant achievements from both a technical and an architectural point of view. “They are practically poetic designs whose structural realisation will be delighting us for years to come with their simple elegance,” says Verena Konrad. “These bridges also have a social aspect. As the client, the town of Dornbirn has made the settlements in the high valley permanently accessible.”
They are practically poetic designs which will be delighting us for years to come.
Her cultural tip
“For me, the most aesthetically valuable places in our region include Allmeinde Commongrounds in Lech am Arlberg, an intellectual retreat that takes on the role of an exhibition designed and run by Katia and Gerold Schneider. I am also a regular visitor to the Kunsthaus Bregenz and the Werkraumhaus of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald in Andelsbuch.”