Station of the Nordkettenbahn, Architect: Zaha Hadi, © TVB Innsbruck
Station of the Nordkettenbahn, Architect: Zaha Hadi, © TVB Innsbruck

13 architectural masterpieces in Tirol

Tirol can certainly hold its own when it comes to contemporary architecture. Sometimes, as some very special projects have shown, even a step ahead. In recent years, a number of modern structures have drawn the attention of the Architects Guild to the Land in the Mountains. Innovative and bold concepts show that Tirol has a secure foothold in the architectural world of the 21st Century.

1 · Bergiselschanze Ski Jump

Bergiselschanze Innsbruck (Bergisel Ski Jump), Architect: Zaha Hadid, © Innsbruck Tourismus

Star architect Zaha Hadid designed this landmark building, one of Austria’s most architecturally significant sports structures, which opened in 2002. A panorama cafe and terraces is incorporated into the jump tower, offering fantastic views of the Tirolean capital and surrounding mountains.

Bergiselschanze Innsbruck • Bergiselweg 3 • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.512.589259 •

2 · Hungerburgbahn

© Tirol Werbung/Gregor Sailer

Zaha Hadid immortalised herself a second time in Innsbruck with the cable car Hungerburg funicular and its four unique stations, setting new international standards in contemporary architecture. In no other place in the world is the dividing line between an urban area and rugged mountain terrain so thin.

Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen • Höhenstraße 145 • 6020 Innsbruck
• +43.512.293344 •

3 · Kaufhaus Tyrol

Kaufhaus Tyrol, © TVB Innsbruck

Internationally acclaimed British architect, David Chipperfield, re-designed this traditional department store. In homage to its historical substance, an understated building structure was added to the heterogeneous mixture of the street. This has resulted in a building that unites contemporary independence with characteristics that promote an identity reminiscent of its history. The “soft repair of the magnificent street” is a tremendous success.

Kaufhaus Tyrol • Maria-Theresien-Straße 31 •  
6020 Innsbruck • +43.512.9011-15 •

4 · BTV Stadtforum

BTV Stadtforum, Architect: Heinz Tesar, © TVB Innsbruck

Renowned architect, Architekt Heinz Tesar, born in Tirol and winner of the Grand Austrian State Prize designed a symbiosis of the traditional and modern. Completed in 2006, the Stadtforum is not just a new head office building, but rather a place of engagement and communication with ambitious cultural offerings. The "Ton Halle" event centre, the FO.KU.S exhibition space for photography and art, and the award-winning restaurant "Sitzwohl": BTV is inviting customers, interested parties and employees to enjoyment, reflection and discussion.

BTV Stadtforum • Stadtforum 1 • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.50.5333 •

5 · Rathausgalerien

Rathausgalerien Innsbruck, Architect: Dominique Perrault, © Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner

The redesign of the Rathaus (Town Hall) area by French architect, Dominique Perrault, successfully combines the heterogeneous functions of the city administration and politics, shopping mall, restaurants and the hotel trade. When visiting, you simply must take the elevator up to Café 360 Grad, also designed by Dominique Perrault. With a wrap-round glass facade, you can relax whilst savouring the view over Innsbruck’s rooftops, as well as a glass of fine wine.

Innsbrucker Rathausgalerien • Maria-Theresien-Straße 18
A • 6020 Innsbruck •

6 · Tirol Panorama

Tirol Panorama, © Alexander Haiden

Tirol Panorama opened as the new home for the Giant Panoramic Painting in 2011, The new building represents a respectful interchange with the existing historical building of the listed Kaiserjägermuseum (Museum of the Tirolean Imperial Infantry), with which it is connected underground. The Urichhaus, new building and Kaiserjägermuseum form a complete ensemble with the Andreas-Hofer-Monument. Innsbruck architects, Stoll Wagner, solved the complex task presented by this location of historic and natural significance, by creating a discreet structure, nestled into the incline of the Sill Gorge with a flat and solitary form.

Tiroler Landesmuseen • Bergisel 1-2 • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.512.59489-611

7 · Parkhotel Hall

Parkhotel Hall, © Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner

Next to the white, angular hotel tower built by Lois Welzenbacher in the 1930’s, architects Henke and Schreieck have created a second tower in contrasting form, materials and colour – conical and glazed all-round, resulting in an exciting dialogue between the two towers. A base structure connects old and new and includes the lobby, a cafe, restaurant and stunning terrace.

Parkhotel Hall • Thurnfeldgasse 1 • 6060 Hall in Tirol • +43.5223.53769 •

8 · Congresspark Igls

Congresspark Igls, © TVB Innsbruck

Opened in 2007, the Congress Centre is located at the foot of Mount Patscherkofel, in the spa resort of Igls. Architects Kurt Rumplmayr and Albert Weber followed the concept of a garden pavilion without a building in the park, as such, but a transparent “climatic shell” under a completely cantilevered roof. The public café-restaurant with wonderful terrace entices walkers to linger.

Congresspark Igls • Eugenpromenade 2 • 6080 Igls • +43.512.5936-1120 •

9 · MPREIS, Pinswang Branch

MPREIS-branch in Pinswang, Architect: Raimund Rainer, © Simon Rainer

Local MPREIS supermarket chain have made an outstanding contribution to the architectural scene in Tirol. The MPREIS trademark, namely, is a diverse architectural language – each store is planned individually to suit its specific location, yet is still recognizable as a MPREIS shop. Over 40 architects have already designed MPREIS branches. MPREIS took the next innovative step in 2012 and opened the first passive house concept supermarket in Central Europe in Pinswang, designed by Tirolean architect, Raimund Rainer. The second passive house branch followed in Natters, in May 2014.

MPREIS Pinswang • Anton-Beirer-Straße 1a • 6600 Pinswang •
+43.50.3219.28106 •

10 · Sowi – Innsbruck University Faculty for Social and Economic Sciences

SoWi Innsbruck, © Universität Innsbruck

The new construction of the Faculty for Social and Economic Sciences is considered to mark the advent of architectural change in the Tirolean capital. Architects Henke and Schreieck created an „open“ university and a lively, communicative platform. Completed in 1998, the building represents a harmonious connection between the Old Town and Hofgarten and is widely acclaimed throughout Europe.

Sowi Innsbruck • Universitätsstraße 15 • 6020 Innsbruck • +45.512.507-7981 •

11 · Festspielhaus Erl

Festspielhaus Erl, Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, © Tirol Werbung/Bert Heinzlmeier

Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects in 2013, the new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the white, striking architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus, built in the 1950’s by Robert Schuller. In summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus blends with the dark forest, thus allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus fades into its surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus stands out against the white landscape. The new Festspielhaus boasts 862 seats as well as the world’s largest orchestra pit.

Tiroler Festspiele Erl • Mühlgraben 56a • 
6343 Erl • +43.5373.81000 •

12 · “Headline” Tower

PEMA-Tower, Architects: Henke und Schreieck, © das aDLERS

Since 2013, this modern, aesthetically appealing office- and commercial building has noticeably raised the profile of the entire city district surrounding Innsbruck Central Station. Designed by architects Henke und Schreieck, the true eye-catcher of the entire complex is a 49-metre high tower with designer hotel and restaurant. The top floor features a publicly accessible rooftop terrace that provides a breath-taking view of the city and the majestic Tirolean mountains.

PEMA Immobilien GmbH
 • Bruneckerstraße 1
A • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.512.251276 •

13 · Haus der Musik

Haus der Musik, © Günther Egger

The new Haus der Musik in Innsbruck lies at the heart of the city's arts district. The exterior design – a striking black cube – was the subject of much discussion in the run-up to the building's opening, but the light and spacious interior has succeeded in convincing even the most ardent of critics. Behind the articulated ceramic slats which line the outside are large windows letting in plenty of natural light. The Haus der Musik provides a new home for ten important cultural institutions, including the Tirolean Symphony Orchestra, Innsbruck University's Institute of Music Studies and the Tirolean Regional Conservatory of Music. In the centre of the complex is a large performance hall seating up to 500 guest and lined with oak panelling for perfect acoustic qualities.

Haus der Musik • Universitätsstr. 1 • 6020 Innsbruck • +43.512.520740 •

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