Student Competition Develops Unique Wood Structures for Alpine Tourism Destinations

Demanding architecture, unmistakable tourism offers and sustainably used raw materials. A cooperation between the University of Innsbruck and Sunkid develops new ideas for alpine holiday destinations

In the scope of the lecture "structures in bent wood" at the department of architecture at the University of Innsbruck AUT), the institute's design students develop their own projects on the subject of "Alpine Free-Time Worlds" for a full semester. In cooperation with Sunkid, a leader in development of summer offers for Alpine tourism for many years, an exciting student competition could be brought to life. DI Walter Klasz, architect and course manager, was happy about the successful research partnership.

"This semester, students were able to not only get to know a special language of forms, but to also collect experience with a specific order situation. Presenting to a multidisciplinary jury also has a high motivation and learning effect." Eva Moser from proHolz Tirol and Inno4wood was also particularly impressed by the students' works. "It was very exciting to see how differently the studnets tackled their projects. The diversity of their languages of forms was very impressive."


A jury of international members now chose the winner among the 16 submitted projects. The project "Driftwood" by Fabian Venier won the first prize. The project designed as an adventure bridge for children and teens convinced the jury in terms of development of forms and design as well as usability with its individual language of forms. Christian Mak came in second with his dynamic roofing solution for the skiing conveyor belt. The third prize went to Gerhard Reiter, who achieved an impressive symbiosis of monument, climbing tower and landmark with "Trinity". Whether and in what form one or several of these projects will be put into practice will also depend on the customers now, says Sunkid's marketing manager Michael Peintner. "In the last few years, we have been able to successfully implement many projects, including the ZirbenPark Hochzeiger or the Widiversum in Hochoetz. Of course, we hope to find partners to realise these unique student projects with as well".


Place 01  DRIFT WOOD by Fabian Venier:



Place 02  WOODTWIST by Christian Mak:



Place 03  TRINITY by Gerhard Reiter:







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