12_ Residence Olympic Village | Artec Architekten



Project title: Residence Olympic Village

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The project has been submitted by:
Artec Architekten, Bettina Götz und Richard Manahl



City: Innsbruck

Address: An-der-Lan Strasse 26, 6020 Innsbruck



Designer or design team architects:

Architects: Bettina Götz und Richard Manahl
building: Björn Wilfinger (project manager), Johannes Giselbrecht, Gerda Polig, Jun Wook Song
interior: Eva Mair; Irene Carlés Gaspar
modelling: Gül Cakar, Héctor Farrré Cortada, Isabel Messner, Emanuel Parkmann


Plot Area: 4327 mq

Gross Area: 9200 mq

Of which residential: 92%
Public/communal areas: 2 %
Facilities for the public: 4%
Business/trade: 0 %
Offices: 2 %

Number of residential units: 119
Typology of users: Old-aged people
Total building costs Euros: 15.300.000,00 €
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1663,00 €
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 2,1
Work started on date: Friday, 23rd August 2013
Work completion date: Friday, 20th March 2015


Promoter: StadtBAU and ISD, Innsbruck
Allotment rule: subsidized housing
Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
– assignement % not known
– rent % not known


Cost of construction max: The elevated construction above the park along the river and the low permitted height in the building land causes somewhat increased construction costs of € 1,750.- / m2 compared to the local construction prices.
Rental/sale cost compared to market price: The rental costs for the resident are at the same level for all residences of the city of Innsbruck.


Rules of allocation: No
Protection of fragile categories: Residential home for old people
Involvement of inhabitants in the building process: The future home management has accompanied the architects’ planning from the beginning
Community accompaniment in the life of the building: No


Functional mixitè: Located in the park by the river is a cafe with an outdoor dining area for the public and residents of the dormitory. A chapel at the level of the park is also accessible and usable for both residents and the public. At the level of the rooms there are generous terraces on the scale of 1.200 m2 for the stay of the inhabitants and their visitors
Common spaces and shared living: A multi-purpose room adjoining the cafe can be used by the residents and occasionally by the public.
Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: Despite the elongated shape, the building is realized as a passive house. This results in a reduction of the heating requirement compared to conventionally built homes by a factor of 7.

Description of the project: 

For about ten years, the city of Innsbruck has failed to find a building site for a retirement home for the inhabitants of the Olympic Village. It was decided to take the unusual step of realizing the building for the most part into an existing park landscape on the banks of the Inn.

The building occupies a part of the riparian landscape along the river Inn. As compensation it shares its programmed spaces with the city’s residents: the café – a place of communication – as a glazed volume in the park with both introverted and extroverted outdoor seating, and the chapel, a place of contemplation, a closed and sacred solitary structure, recognizable as such. The building massing suspended above these spaces and a square oriented to the river provide a datum line. The building is raised on piloti at the river bank, broken down into two- and four- story wings. This produces differentiated, generously dimensioned terraces for the residents. The general-purpose areas – with connections to the terraces, the park landscape, the Inn, as well as views to the mountains – lie on the respective ends of the residential floors.

The transition from the public spaces in the building to the residents’ rooms was articulated in different ways: a bench in front of the entrance to the room – bringing to mind the benches flanking the area’s traditional farmhouses – create a discrete visual link to the respective rooms, thereby designating them private spaces. The main entrance to the building is situated in the low-slung service wing. A multipurpose room on the ground level can be joined with the café to create a large event space.

The landscape architects Auböck and Kárász were invited to comprehensively design not only the immediate environment, but also a broad area on the riverbank, with facilities for children, adolescents and elderly people.