“Constructive Alps” + “Built in Swiss Mountains” in Prague

An award for reconstructions and new buildings with regard to sustainability has given rise to “Constructive Alps”, a travelling exhibition reprised in Prague’s Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, presenting inspiration from Alpine countries’ architecture.

 

Bearth & Deplazes Architekten New Monte Rosa Hut, Zermatt (VS), 2009©  Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Bearth & Deplazes Architekten New Monte Rosa Hut, Zermatt (VS), 2009© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

 

The Constructive Alps contest, an award for reconstructions and new buildings with regard to sustainability is shwocasing its most notable entries in a travelling exhibition showing now at Prague’s Jaroslav Fragner Gallery. The exhibition, which will be open from 8th April to 15th May aims to draw inspiration from Alpine countries’ architecture, setting an example on how to intervene on the buildings of the mountain landscape taking attention to the details and the sustainability issues.

The purpose of the third “Constructive Alps” award is to highlight and support promising achievements which could become examples of how to build in open landscape and how to reconstruct old architecture sensitively.


 

Practical Information

Constructive Alps 2015
April 8 – May 15, 2016
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
Betlémské náměstí 5a
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
www.gjf.cz

 


Switzerland and Liechtenstein have announced the 3rd “Constructive Alps” contest. The award is presented for architectural achievements that persuade the jury not only by their aesthetics but also in terms of a friendly approach to the landscape and resources.

 

Gondola terminal for "3S" tri-cable lift, Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Peak Architekten, 2018 © Bruno Helbling

Gondola terminal for “3S” tri-cable lift, Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Peak Architekten, 2018 © Bruno Helbling

Glacier Restaurant, Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Peak Architekten, 2008 © Bruno Helbling

Glacier Restaurant, Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Peak Architekten, 2008 © Bruno Helbling

 

A total of 350 entries were submitted to the contest, of which 12 projects were nominated. Among other things, the winning structures are characterised by a sensitive approach to the landscape, original development as well as technology. “It is a reasonable way of supporting tourism, while remaining considerate to the mountain landscape,” commented Jury Chairman, Köbi Gantenbein.

BUILT IN SWISS MOUNTAINS

40 selected examples of important projects realised in the Swiss Alps from various views: landscape, infrastructure, culture and social facilities, sport & relax, housing. Represented architects and studios – Peter Zumthor, Mario Botta, Gion A. Caminada, Valerio Olgiati, Bearth & Deplazes Architects, EM2N, Gigon+Guyer, seARCH, Baserga Mozzetti Architetti, Fontana/Kerez, Savioz Fabrizzi, Corinna Menn, Peak, Miller & Maranta Architects, Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten, Heinz Julen, Conzett Bronzini Gartmann, Charles Pictet, Actescollectifs Architectes, frundgallina.

 

Old Hospice St. Gotthard, St. Gotthard Pass, Miller & Maranta Architekten, 2010 © Ruedi Walti

Old Hospice St. Gotthard, St. Gotthard Pass, Miller & Maranta Architekten, 2010 © Ruedi Walti

Davos Tourism and Sports Centre, Davos, Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer, Architekten, 1996 © Heinrich Helfenstein

Davos Tourism and Sports Centre, Davos, Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer, Architekten, 1996 © Heinrich Helfenstein

 

The winning projects are examples of how these locations can be made more attractive to combine the social life of the locals with care of the historical legacy and prospective tourism. The first prize was awarded to the newly built Krumbach vicarage in Bregenzerwald (Austria), which also has a sociocultural function.

 

SeARCH, Christian Müller. Villa Vals, Vals (GR), 2009 ©  Iwan Baan

SeARCH, Christian Müller. Villa Vals, Vals (GR), 2009 © Iwan Baan

Department store Islas, Samedan, Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten, 2012 © Ralph Feiner

Department store Islas, Samedan, Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten, 2012 © Ralph Feiner

 

Second prize was awarded to two projects involved in the revitalisation of a municipality – the Türalihus recreational facility and Gasthaus Am Brunnen (Inn at the Fountain). Both are situated in Valendas (Bündner Vorderrheintal) and in both cases are historical buildings situated in the centre of the community.

 

Chetzeron Crans-Montana (Valais) actescollectifs architectes sa, Sierre, 2008−2009 © Thomas Jantscher

Chetzeron Crans-Montana (Valais) actescollectifs architectes sa, Sierre, 2008−2009 © Thomas Jantscher

Spa Tschuggen Berg Oase, Arosa, Mario Botta Architetto, 2006 © Urs Homberger

Spa Tschuggen Berg Oase, Arosa, Mario Botta Architetto, 2006 © Urs Homberger

 

Third place went to the project of Casa Riga in Comano Terme, a small village in the Italian cadastre of Trento. The structure is used both for agricultural and tourist purposes.

 

"Constructive Alps" + "Built in Swiss Mountains" © Jiri Straka

“Constructive Alps” + “Built in Swiss Mountains” © Jiri Straka

"Constructive Alps" + "Built in Swiss Mountains" © Jiri Straka

“Constructive Alps” + “Built in Swiss Mountains” © Jiri Straka

"Constructive Alps" + "Built in Swiss Mountains" © Jiri Straka

“Constructive Alps” + “Built in Swiss Mountains” © Jiri Straka

"Constructive Alps" + "Built in Swiss Mountains" © Jiri Straka

“Constructive Alps” + “Built in Swiss Mountains” © Jiri Straka


 

News source: Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
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