Coaching and conference centre
Projekt Team PxT:
rwt+ Ziviltechniker für Bauwesen GmbH, Wien,
Technisches Büro Ing. Heinz P. Pongratz, Raglitz
The design for the Green Well Conference and Coaching Centre attemps to develop a unique feature, in terms of business: a unique selling point, based on its program and its outstanding site located at the foot of the Hohe Wand. The site is characterized by the old Manor House with its driveway through an alley, by an impressive spatial and topographical quality and by a spectacular view towards the Hohe Wand rocks which recall a notion of paintings of romanticism while playing all colours as lit by the sun. All those features should be enhanced by the project and made to intrinsic qualities of the project at the same time.
We wanted to give an introverted feeling and the notion of meditation to the centre. Thus we located the buildings as barrier towards the traffic of the main road and the rural village, creating a park-like space between the buildings and the submontane woods. In addition, each room is characterized and almost dominated by a single view towards the Hohe Wand rocks as described above. In order to achieve this impression, the room layout follows the cone of sight. As a result, we can offer individually shaped rooms bearing no resemblance to standard hotel rooms in which managers need to spend so many nights. A long lasting impression of a special place to stay will be the consequence.
As a “green” building our proposal respects the topographical features of the site in any direction. Thus the bus and car entrance is located at the South-West end of the site, which is the only point where the level of the site meets the level of the main road without inducing major earthworks. Furthermore, the building is divided into four, giving a sense of scale and allowing for subtle integration into the landscape and the village. In order to intensify this strategy, each of the four is shifted within itself and they are gently following the slope downhill towards North-East. Each of the building is also able to integrate the difference of levels in the North-South axis, thus creating a ground level featuring entrance zones facing the new drive way and a generous leisure, wellness and fitness zone facing intimate courtyards in which the landscape is literally flowing into. All these moves guarantee an interlocking and interdependence of built and natural environment.
We also wanted to keep the existing entrance to the estate including the gate and the poplar alley. The alley serves as element of reminiscence but also provides the main organisational direction of the whole new ensemble and naturally divides the project into residential and public areas. The public area is constituted by the triangle of the stand alone conference building, the Manor House and the left over existing building connecting to the village in the North-East of the site, where we propose to install the pub as meeting point between guests and residents. Amidst the triangle we propose a park to keep the axis of the Manor House free of interfering buildings. The conference building itself is conceived of as a small landmark building, featuring a wide canopy architecturally talking to and spatially forming an opposite to the residential buildings. It houses a large conference room facing again the Hohe Wand, this time at another direction as compared to the bedrooms.
As a “green” building the project also fulfils the highest ecological requirements. Ultra-thick insulation combined with energy production by a heat pump supplied by geothermal power makes the building complex self-sustaining thus environmentally sound.