Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
- Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
The Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Kuchl hosts the disciplines of Forest Products Technology, Timber Construction and Smart Building. As part of the Kuchl campus, it is connected to the Forestry Academy in the north and to a student dormitory in the south.
Completed in 2009 as a modern timber construction, the new extension is a state of the art building, both in architectural and technological terms. It was Austria’s first Institute of Higher Education constructed in wood and designed according to passive house standards.
Complementing the existing building from 1995 and connecting to its central access corridor via a glazed passage way, it creates a new L-shaped structure. Combining glass and elegant timber frames, the building evokes a sense of lightness.
The foyer on ground floor adjoins a large lecture room and event space, illuminated from both sides. The library and seminar rooms on the upper floors can be accessed via a wide corridor featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing with views into the pristine surroundings. Skylights allow for additional natural light.
Timber was the primary construction material and dominates both, the interior and the exterior of the building.The structural components remain largely visible or are clad with oiled birch plywood. The timber skeleton-frame is complemented by a concrete staircase and a closed glulam front wall to provide further bracing.
Built with carefully selected materials, the extension at the Kuchl Campus represents a best practice example corresponding to the institute’s ideals of “timber, design and sustainability”.