Vienna, 12th July 2017 – The tower of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the University of Innsbruck that was remodeled and generally refurbished by ATP Innsbruck is on the final shortlist for the “Austrian State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability”.
The prize is awarded to projects that, in addition to their architectural quality, also offer important ideas and inspiration in the area of sustainability. During the course of a multi-phase selection procedure the professional jury identified eleven projects as being worthy of the award. The winner will be announced by the Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter at a ceremony on 3rd October 2017.
The generally refurbished university building is notable for, amongst other things, the significant reduction in energy demand (of up to 85 %). The ecological element façade incorporates innovative compound top-hung windows with automatic solar protection and can react perfectly to extreme weather conditions. The lifecycle-oriented building services concept made it possible to create a very dense and compact low-tech building that is largely naturally ventilated and, according to the EnerPHit requirements, meets the “passive house refurbishment standard”.
This high quality in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability was achieved as a result of the perfect interaction of architects and structural and building services engineers in the context of ATP’s integrated design process. The project team was reinforced from the very earliest design phases by experts in lifecycle cost analysis, energy simulation, and technical feasibility studies.
ATP’s general refurbishment of the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering Sciences of the University of Innsbruck has already received a number of awards including the Energy Globe Tirol 2016, the TQB (Total Quality Building) Certificate and klima:aktiv-Standard Gold. In April 2016 the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering Sciences received the “Innovative Building 2016” prize at Vienna University of Technology. In September 2016 Austria’s Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) nominated the engineering tower as a “Building of the future demonstration project”, making it a landmark project at the European scale.