Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yesterday I visited with Katrin Fahner responsible for Conferences, Conventions and Incentives in the Tourist Office of St. Anton am Arlberg the, Center for Wellness and Communication to explore possibilities for future collaborations. The modern center is divided in three different spaces. The Championship Hall with foyer and seminar rooms. The Wellness area with a scenic indoor pool, a heated outdoor pool, flume and waterfall, Finnish sauna, kelo sauna, samarium, steam bath, massage showers, 2 solariums, and a Fitness studio with a special massages zone. Finally, a Restaurant with terrace/snow bar.
The Center is another perfect example of the new architectural trends we can find in St. Anton am Arlberg and in Tirol. I wrote about other examples in this blog (the Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen, the Alpinarium in Galtur, or two days ago the Galzigbahn). The architecture of the building with the grassed flat roof was designed to fussion with the landscape. The individual superstructures for the main hall, wellness center and catering area are designed to create associations with the numerous little hay shed on the surrounding slopes. The steel and timber porch that extends over the full length of the building and the horizontal structure selected for the façade form a semitransparent transition between inside and outside and also relate to the traditional style of timber construction in the Alps. The picture windows offer magnificent views of the mountain scenery.