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Conversion of a stable in Tschagguns

Like many Alpine locations, the Vorarl-berg municipality of Tschagguns lives primarily from tourism, whereas farming is on the retreat. In some cases, however, at least the architectural heritage of the past can be saved. Such is the case with a stable from the end of the 19th century that architect Bernard Breuer has converted into a home. The existing building had a beautifully ornate wooden facade that had been blackened by the weather over time. At its north-east corner, it featured a solid ashlar base − the other facades were made of simple wooden boards, through the cracks of which the wind would whistle.

   Behind this old shell, Bernhard Breuer inserted new interior walls and ceilings with surgical precision, mainly making use of traditional carpentry techniques. From the outside, the former stable can still be easily recognised but large windows with narrow frames now allow copious amounts of daylight into the living areas. There is also an abundance of light on the upper floor thanks to three roof windows. At night, the owners can contemplate the unique starlit sky above the Alps through the same roof windows. The opposite side of the roof, which faces south-west, is used for energy generation. Photovoltaic and solar thermal modules supply the house with electricity and meet a large part of the heating needs.

Mühleweg 2, Tschagguns, Austria
Rosa Breuer
Bernhard Breuer, Schruns
A view of the sky - Daylight and Architecture Magazine
A view of the sky - Daylight and Architecture Magazine

Evolving architecture


In November 2016 The Daylight Award of the VELUX Foundations was given to Steven Holl and Marilyne Andersen – for daylight in architecture and daylight research respectively. The relationships between structure, material and light are at the core of Holl’s approach to architecture. The jury noted that he is known for his poetic idiom, manipulation of lighting, respect for materials and adapting his buildings to their local surroundings.

According to the jury, the award for daylight research went to Andersen because she is an outstanding scholar and teacher, as well as a diligent researcher who has demonstrated a talent for initiating and directing daylight research that affects research and architecture environments. Holl and Andersen are both known to spend a lot of time at universities, conveying their knowledge and skills to the coming generation of architects and researchers.

But how do the results of Marilyne Andersen’s research find their way into building design? And how can Steven Holl’s ingenious spatial concepts be shared in the future built reality?

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