After its first exhibition in Meran, the itinerary show will be proposed also to other institutions. On the occasion of the third edition of the architecture exhibition “Recent Architectures in South Tyrol: 2012-2018”, an exhaustive trilingual catalogue will be published. From 29th September on, Kunst Meran, the Südtiroler Künstlerbund and the Architekturstiftung Südtirol the third edition of “New Architecture in South Tyrol”. For the third time since the issues of 2006 and 2012, an international group of experts will be looking at the past six years of South Tyrolean construction business in 2018. Out of nearly 240 submitted and nominated projects, a pre-selection of about 80 interesting buildings was made and these were then visited in the course of a several-day trip on site.
“New Architectures in South Tyrol 2012 – 2018”
September 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Via Portici, 163, 39012 Merano BZ
The architectural critic and former architect editor of the NZZ Roman Hollenstein from Zurich, the architecture historian and lecturer at the University of Ferrara, as well as the architecture editor of Casabella Marco Mulazzani and the Viennese architect Marta Schreieck of Henke Schreieck architects have finally selected 38 buildings for the exhibition and for the catalog listed another 24 as very successful.
The result of their “Best 38” is now available in an exhibition and as a comprehensive publication in the form of a journey through South Tyrol. From the western Vinschgau to the eastern Puster Valley, the selected buildings captivate with sensitive, memorable, cautious or especially contemporary design ideas and implementations. In addition to a number of younger architects and architecture firms, the great continuity of a significant group of planners has attracted attention since their first editions in 2006. Although new architectural experts have been called out time and again (Flavio Albanese, Wolfgang Bachmann, Joseph Grima, Roman Hollenstein, Marco Mulazzani, Marta Schreieck, Hanno Schlögl, Bettina Schlorhaufer, Annette Spiro, Vasa Perovic, etc.), all of them have enjoyed the projects of some offices found. With great earnestness, as Marco Mulazzani points out in his contribution to the book, he has been working on an “autonomy architecture” for twenty years. It sees itself as an architecture that understands to overcome the antagonists between urbanity and rurality as well as those between Italian and German identity and has generated a self-sufficient intercultural architectural language.
For example, on the journey that starts in Val Venosta, a hotel in a high-altitude holiday resort turns out to be an eight-storey tower with a multitude of touristic features and services. The interior of a distillery nearby enchants with an almost magical light between red hole brick casing and copper stills. It soon becomes clear that, hand in hand with the design ideas, committed builders make it possible to create good buildings, innovative operating concepts and bold individual buildings.
In Bozen, the new architectural scene awaits with a multitude of urban building tasks on: social facilities such as a center for psychiatric rehabilitation, an urban expansion including infrastructures such as train station, church and schools or successful sports facilities along the Talfer. The villa of an art collector with a view of Bolzano is a sculptural house on the hillside for the family of collectors and the extensive art collection.
Residential buildings in the popular area of the Überetsch with examples from Girlan and Eppan deal with the requirements of living in the area of tension between high density and dialogue with the beautiful landscape. The onward journey into the Eisack and Pustertal makes finally clear how dense and peripherally South Tyrol is littered with high-quality buildings. The residents of a small village above Bressanone can look forward to an exclusive clubhouse and the inhabitants and guests on the opposite side of the valley to an underground car park in the village center, which offers the villagers space for a large recreational facility instead of numerous parked cars. In a 30-soul hamlet In the Puster Valley, a carpentry workshop finally shows how the 100-year-old family business converted a tiny shed on the company premises into one of the most beautiful and perhaps most inspiring showrooms in South Tyrol.