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New ideas for the Maisäss Building in Montafon

Architecture students of the University of Liechtenstein are presenting their designs for refurbishment of the Maisäss Building, along with their thoughts on the Montafon cultural landscape, in an exhibition at the ORF Landesfunkhaus [ORF National Broadcasting House] in Dornbirn. The exhibition runs from 18 February to 27 March 2015.


Architecture students of the University of Liechtenstein are presenting their designs for refurbishment of the Maisäss Building, along with their thoughts on the Montafon cultural landscape, in an exhibition at the ORF Landesfunkhaus [ORF National Broadcasting House] in Dornbirn. The exhibition runs from 18 February to 27 March 2015.


12 architecture students from Germany, Switzerland and Austria took part in a design workshop at the University of Liechtenstein dedicated to the Maisäss Montafon project. They spent a whole semester analysing an ‘architecture without architects’, sketching and cataloguing the most important features of the landscape and its buildings. They studied relations between the countryside, agriculture and tourism, and investigated the three levels of settlement: the permanent settlements in the valley, the midway position with the Maisäss Building and the high Alps.



Design by Johannes Lerch


Linking past and future

The students from the studio of Erich Strolz, Cert. Eng., an architect and architectural lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein, considered what existing features could be readapted for their original designs – how new buildings could be integrated and made a part of the landscape in typological, topological and tectonic terms. This resulted in 12 very different projects, each illustrating an individual approach, which will be presented to interested members of the general public for five weeks in an exhibition at the ORF broadcasting house in Dornbirn. The official opening takes place on  18 February 2015 at 6.00 pm. Entry is free.



Model by Stefan Amann



Cross-border cooperation

The exhibition is a cooperative venture between the Institute of Architecture and Planning of the University of Liechtenstein, the ‘Raumentwicklung Montafon’ [‘Motafon Spatial Development’] project of Stand Montafon [the Montafon Valley Association], Casino Bregenz and the national broadcasting station in Dornbirn, under the auspices of the Kunst im Funkhaus [Art at the Broadcasting Station] scheme.



Design by Milena Fischer



The ‘Zukunft Maisäss Montafon’ [‘Future of the Maisäss Building in Montafon’] project
ORF Landesfunkhaus [ORF National Broadcasting House], Dornbirn, Austria
Opening ceremony: Wednesday, 18 February, 6.00 pm
Exhibition: 18.02-27.03.2015, open daily until 9.00 pm
Free entry.



Model by Peter Amann