Ljubljana, 6th October 2022 – The headquarters of the timber company THEURL in Steinfeld (AT), which was integrally designed by ATP architects engineers, has received this year’s BigSEE Wood Design Award in the “City and Community” category.
The THEURL office building, which has already been awarded the Carinthian Timber Construction Prize 2021, is a landmark that underlines the identity of the company. The ATP design team skillfully highlighted the use of timber as a sustainable material both inside and outside the building: in the spruce of the distinctive vertical solar protection slats in front of the glass façade, the larch of the horizontal balcony strips, the generous entrance area, and the columns, beams, and ceiling elements of the atmospheric offices. With the exception of the reinforced concrete stair staircase, the entire building is made of wood and, hence, acts as a powerful symbol for the employees of the manufacturer of timber products.
“The client’s core product merges with our expertise in timber construction to form a harmonious whole”, says Paul Ohnmacht, Head of Design at ATP Innsbruck. “We are delighted that our commitment has been honored with this award.”
An office building built in the owner’s own factory
The unusual fact that the client produces their own building material influenced the entire design and construction process. Because the cross-laminated timber (CLT) elements used in the construction of the building were produced in the adjacent production facility, which was also integrally designed by ATP. In its digital model of the building, ATP was able to simulate and analyze not only its optimal positioning in terms of protection against noise and dust, but also its sustainable use of the available resources.
About the award
The BigSEE Awards (SEE = South East Europe) have been awarded since 2018 by the NGO Zavod Big, which is based in Ljubljana in Slovenia. In line with its aim of supporting the creative economies in South East Europe, Zavod Big organizes a range of cultural events. The BigSEE Awards honor outstanding design solutions in the areas of architecture, interior design, product design, timber, tourism, and fashion.