Innovative Building 2016
The award for “Innovative Building 2016” went to the integrally designed Faculties of Architecture and Engineering Science of the University of Innsbruck. The trophy was accepted on behalf of the entire project team by the design architect Paul Ohnmacht and ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer.
The innovative gebäude© platform was awarding the prize for the second time and had 24 buildings to choose from. The buildings taking part in the competition had to be certified as a result of which they were already guaranteed to meet five of the platform’s six sustainability criteria. The attention of the jury was 2/3 focused on the architecture pillar and, hence, 1/3 on all others. The best practice projects of the innovative gebäude© platform demonstrate that it is possible to build economically in line with the latest scientific and research standards and that there is no contradiction between excellent architecture and sustainability.
ATP architects engineers (Innsbruck) was commissioned with the integrated design of the wining project after its success in an EU-wide, open realization competition. The concept pays close attention to the current spatial and user requirements of the two disciplines. The superimposed glazed façade of the “architecture workshop” is playfully open whereas the precise, flush silhouette of the engineering tower speaks a different language and acts as a landmark for the entire campus. Alongside the architectural challenge, new technical solutions were also required by the building services refurbishment (thermal, electrical, fire protection and escape route) of the main and ancillary buildings of both faculties.
The comprehensive refurbishment of the “engineers’ tower” by ATP architects engineers (Innsbruck) has been in the spotlight for some time and has already received a number of awards. The building was awarded a TQB certificate and named by the ÖGNB as Austria’s second-best office building and also achieved klimaaktiv gold standard with 1,000 from a possible 1,000 quality points.