Guessing Agriculture School
The stables extend like fingers into the surrounding landscape. The complex looks more like a cluster than a traditional four-square farm or a bastion. The buildings, consciously interpreted as part of the landscape, are folded out of the surrounding meadows, their roofs look like elevated grass scars. The entire development is a loosely scatted agricultural enterprise, not a compact industrial complex.
The stables are laid out around a central courtyard. On the one hand this ensures short routes and a clear overview from every point in the yard. This layout allows the staff to carry out their daily work with maximum efficiency.
In principle three different tectonic levels are articulated, each of which is expressed by means of its respective materials:
• Those parts that rest on the ground are made of concrete.
• The rising walls are built in lightweight timber frame or timber rod construction.
• The roofs are load bearing wooden structures and covered with extensive green planting.
Sustainability of the solution in ecological and energy terms:
Most of the building materials used can be recycled and are produced in a way that makes economic use of resources.
The green roofs help buffer the impact of summer heat on the roofs. The rainwater feeds into the public separate drainage pipe. The earth excavated in the course of the building work will be used for modelling the surrounding terrain.
BAU.GENIAL Preis 2015 - recognition
WOOD DESIGN BUILDING 2015 – citation award
Project Location: Güssing (AT)
Function: Agriculture school and enterprise
Client: BELIG Beteiligungs- und Liegenschafts GmbH
Scope: Designer with responsibility for all design services
Project team: Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH, Barbara Aull (project leader)
Start of design: 2013
Start of construction: 2014
Gross floor area: 4,404.78 m²
Usable floor area: 3,096.93 m²
Photos / Renderings: Paul Ott / pxt
Structural design / building physics: RWT PLUS ZT GmbH, Vienna
Building services: DIE HAUSTECHNIKER Technisches Büro GmbH, Jennersdorf
Structural fire protection: Norbert Rabl ZT GmbH, Graz
Soil surveying: Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbH, Oberwart
Consulent organisation of stables: Dipl. Ing. Breininger, Landwirtschaftskammer Steiermark
Stable equipment: Planungsbüro Minichshofer, Enns
General contractor: Bauunternehmung Granit GmbH, Feldkirchen bei Graz