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  6. GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer
GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer , Hotel. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Hotel. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has won first place in a competition to design a “premium common good resort” in Lofer, Austria. Located in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, the resort will include a hotel complex, staff building, workshop based on “the economy for the common good,” “café villa” and a premium residence area. GRAFT’s design was highly lauded by both the client and locals, all of whom were fully involved in the decision process. 

Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

“Building in the Alps means building within a proud cultural landscape and its deep-rooted identity,” GRAFT stated. “Therefore the design must shape the link between old and new while keeping the balance between nostalgia and change.”

Staff Building. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Staff Building. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

In doing so, the new buildings are designed to fit into the site and landscape by preserving historical facades and structures and respectfully integrating the new, modern complex within. 

Cafe. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Cafe. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

According to GRAFT, “All buildings are innovative architectural sculptures that are reminiscent of the traditional larch facades and the history of the local timber constructions.” Each respond uniquely to the “urban genius loci,” while “each distinct transformation of the local gabled roof allows a full-scale adjustment to the surrounding village context.”

Hotel Bar. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Hotel Bar. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Hotel Spa. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Hotel Spa. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

In addition to that, the design is based on a “high level of environmental sustainability. In collaboration with the international engineering firm Buro Happold, the building is designed to meet the needs of a hotel without harming soil, air or water. Energy and water consumption is minimized through the "lean -mean- green" strategy, where modern technologies and renewable energy sources come into use. Apart from the ideal use of rain, snow and sun, also the façade and the building measure up to specific sustainability criteria.”

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer " 16 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/439061/graft-wins-competition-to-design-resort-in-lofer/> ISSN 0719-8884
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