Sturdy, earthy, yet subtly sophisticated, the “Griss Equine Veterinary Practice” is located where the village of Rankweil (A) meets the wide Rhine Valley. On the horizon, the rugged peaks of the Alpstein massif pierce the sky. The clear-lined building, made of rough reinforced concrete and untreated wood, is home to animals as well as humans. An apartment for the veterinarian is combined under one roof with the equine practice - including an in-house pharmacy, treatment rooms, lab and stables – in such a functional way that the private and public areas are able to coexist without any problem: In short, a finely tuned interaction between work and life, a place of bustle and wellness, both functional and comfy. To arrange all these different rooms on just one floor with a surface of 27 x 19 meters and still build it as one
unit, the pavilion principle was applied. A base plate, a reinforced concrete floor of the same size and four solid vertical concrete wall plates – turned towards each other in an exciting composition – make up the supporting structure of the building. The partly recessed façade is made of prefabricated wood frame elements (spruce). The continuous surface is interrupted rhythmically by ceiling-high windows. A sheltered passage and a barn-like space separate the working area from the accommodation wing. The clean and direct form is continued in the interior. The clients and their horses enter the practice, which is set back from the street, from the north side. The big open sliding door, which is part of the façade, reveals the centre of the equine practice: the examining room. All the practice’s other rooms
are grouped around this central point. Directly behind it is the operating room and anesthesia box, which are lined with black rubber mats. The in-house pharmacy, laboratory and office area, which is also accessible from outside, is located in the east wing of the building. All of the flooring, built-in furniture and single wall coverings in this area are made of silver fir. The warm and soft effect of this wood is an appealing contrast to the hard and rather cool concrete. The outdoor boxes, three in number, face west – towards wide meadows and fields, the round pen and the small trotting track. The above-average ceiling height of almost four meters keeps the animals safe even when they rear up and lends an almost sacred charm to this “place of healing”. The apartment faces southwest away from the access road. Big ceiling-high glass sliding doors in the living room offer a wonderful view of the natural landscape. The flooring and wall coverings, made out of silver fir, create a warm and safe environment. The glass elements and concrete wall plates are set well back from the edge of the roof, creating a covered veranda. The dominant base plate and concrete floor draw a clear boundary between inside and outside. Despite this, or perhaps just because of it, the sparsely furnished living room – which is rather small compared to the high ceiling – exudes transitory qualities: It brings the garden into the house and conversely extends the living space into the open air.
Curriculum studio / partecipante Marte.Marte Architekten - Bernhard Marte, born 1966 in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg. Stefan Marte, born 1967 in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg.
The brothers Bernhard and Stefan Marte made their Master of architecture at the technical University of Innsbruck amongst others with Professor Othmar Barth and Rainer Köberl. The collaboration of Stefan in the architectural office Gohm+Hiessberger was followed by the foundation of their own office in 1993 in Weiler. Their built work is well known far beyond the Austrian borders although they are designed and established in a small town in Austria. Several won competitions and awards prove the international status of this young office.
Beside two Austrian state-awards Marte.Marte projects have won several national and international awards. The monograph “Marte.Marte Architects”, which was published by SpringerWienNewYork in 2008, was awarded with the state award “most beautiful Austrian book” and with the silver medal for the “most beautiful book of the world” in Leipzig. One of the most renowned European galleries of architecture Aedes in Berlin has shown a monographic exhibition about Marte.Marte with the title “concrete works” in December 2009.
Several won competitions like the ‘Exhibition Center of the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation’ in Berlin or the ‘Asfinag Motorway Maintenance Area’ in Salzburg are right now in the planning stage. 2012 the ‘Mountain Cabin’ in the Laternser-Valley has been accomplished and has already won several international awards like the red dot and the Architizer A+Award.
Marte.Marte Architekten - Bernhard Marte, born 1966 in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg. Stefan Marte, born 1967 in Dornbirn/Vorarlberg.