Badeanlage Schruns-Tschagguns wins EU-wide competition with 18 participants
The project is located in the Montafon valley (Vorarlberg) along the river, surrounded by alpine landscape. The building's structure takes inspiration from geological formations and processes, the interior spaces appearing like having been carved out of a rock. The three distinct bathing levels are connected by wide stairs, thus creating a spatial and visual continuum. Along the way through these different areas, a tectonic matrix of spacious, rock-like columns transforms itself from a wide-span structure (around the large pool) into more intimate, cell-like spaces (for the sauna).
Besides from being tailored very closely to the given program, the project succeeded not only by creating this interior landscape, but also by establishing an efficient and spatially interesting circulation system for the different groups of visitors. In addition, the panoramic views to the surrounding mountains will be another decisive factor in the spatial experience.
First prize was given in 2006 for the baths ("Badeanlage") at Schruns-Tschagguns. This was an EU-wide competition with 18 participants (offices from Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany). The partner in this competition was as-if architekten (www.as-if.info).