Commercial Use

Ski Hut Wolf

Lech, Austria

Panorama of the Alps, featuring the Kriegerhorn, Trittkopf, and Rüfikopf 1 | Panorama of the Alps, featuring the Kriegerhorn, Trittkopf, and Rüfikopf
The project – „Building for Guests – distinguishes itself by its bold use of a contemporary design vocabulary, avoiding clichés of Alpine buildings.
Design: The ski hut Wolf is picture-perfect as a lodge: standing at 22 meters of length, 16 meters of width and 7 meters of height, it rests on a concrete base level looking out onto a stunning mountaintop backdrop at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. The covered terrace, with a depth between 2.20 and 3 meters, accommodates 48 guests. In many aspects, the ski hut is typical for Alpine buildings. For centuries, buildings in the mountains have been set on brick-built base levels. With concrete today playing the role of brick, the principle is still the same: Protecting the wood, perfectly suited to withstanding the extreme climate of the Alps when used correctly in construction, from the destructive influence of moisture.

Wood: The hut is completely covered with untreated, local spruce, effortlessly carrying tradition into modern times. The rough-cut spruce slats are arranged vertically on the exterior walls and sliding doors, in order to improve the runoff of meteoric water, and horizontally in the veranda-covered and interior areas. The vertical facade structure on the outside is continued in the roof, clad with double-slatted spruce panels. The roof and the walls are made of the same wood, only separated by a box gutter made of copper sheet acting as a break between functions.
Covered terrace 2 | Covered terrace
Translucent tent  below the pitched roof 3 | Translucent tent  below the pitched roof
Public room with fireplace 4 | Public room with fireplace
Basic information
Year of Completion |  2016
Investor |  Christian Wolf, Lech (AT)
Architecture |  Bernardo Bader Architekten, Dornbirn (AT)
Structural Engineering |  Merz Kley Partner, Dornbirn (AT)
Construction Time |  6 months
Number of floors |  1 + basement
Plot size |  435 m²
Gross floor area |  500 m² (incl. basement)
Awards |  Vorarlberger Holzbaupreis 2017 (Nomination)
Photography |  Pictures 1-4: Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn (AT)

Technical aspects
Concept |  Timber element construction on solid basement level
Woodworking |  Kaufmann, Zimmerei und Tischlerei GmbH, Reuthe (AT)
Origin of Timber, Certification |  Austria (Vorarlberg)
Traceability of Timber |  Yes (regional forests)
Forestry Value Chain |  Commissioning of local companies
Energy Efficiency Standard |  Energy performance certificate, heating energy demand “B”
Energy Systems |  Pellet heating, , utilization of waste heat, large fireplace in public room
Energy Consumption  |  42 kWh/m²a (heating energy demand), 319 kWh/m²a (primary energy demand)
U-Value Wall | Roof | Floor | Windows (W/(m²K)) |  0,25 (average)

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