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Architecture lecturer wins prestigious Tyrol commission

A native of the Vorarlberg region of Austria, the architect Erich Strolz has just won the competition for the ‘Haus der Musik’ [‘House of Music’] project in Innsbruck. Mr Strolz has been a lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein’s Institute of Architecture and Planning for four years now, and has always made a point of including cultural themes in the training he offers his students.

A native of the Vorarlberg region of Austria, the architect Erich Strolz has just won the competition for the ‘Haus der Musik’ [‘House of Music’] project in Innsbruck. Mr Strolz has been a lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein’s Institute of Architecture and Planning for four years now, and has always made a point of including cultural themes in the training he offers his students.  


The architectural competition was advertised all over Europe, and as many as 126 projects were submitted. Numerous prestigious contenders entered the competition, including Dominique Perrault, the Norwegian Kjetil Thorsen with his architectural office Snöhetta, Klaus Kada and Coop Himmelblau. A jury of twelve, coming from a variety of different backgrounds, unanimously chose Erich Strolz’s submission as the winner. One of Mr Strolz’s most recent projects was the Gradonna Mountain Resort hotel village in Kals am Grossglockner, Austria, where he formed part of the consortium responsible for construction along with the firm reitter_architekten.



Architect Erich Stolz’s winning project is for the ‘Haus der Musik’ [‘House of Music’] in Innsbruck.


An ‘open house’ approach

‘Situated at one of the most important interfaces in the urban network, the House of Music is conceived as an open house. The square practically flows into the building, and together with the Tyrol State Theatre this gives rise to a municipal centre surrounded by the Hofgarten park, the Congress House, the Hofburg Palace, the Hofkirche church, the Museum of Folk Art and the university,’ said Mr Strolz, describing his project. Chaired by Ernst Beneder, the jury’s comments on the winning entry singled out for praise the ‘clear cubature’ and ‘compact volume’ of the design.
 


Architect and lecturer Erich Strolz



Leaving traces in Liechtenstein 
In his teaching at the University of Liechtenstein, lecturer Erich Strolz has been repeatedly associated with culture and cultural buildings. For example, he and his architecture students have made an intensive study of the historic city centre of Schaan. Currently he is working with his Architecture BA students on themes connected with the alpine landscape of the Montafon valley in Vorarlberg.