The Winklhof is an agricultural school in Oberalm, near Salzburg.The project was the result of an architectural competition in which the design approach of the architects AGRE Lechner Lechner Schallhammer, our office and working group together with the architect Johannes Schallhammer, was able to convince.
The existing atrium situation of the school complex was upgraded by the new building of the boarding school. A deliberate distance from the existing ensemble gives the new building its own independence, which reinforces the existing typology. Because of this, the extension is only connected to the existing building by a bridge on the first floor.
Leisure areas for the students are housed in an orangery with the greatest possible focus on the common good, facing the courtyard. This also serves as an entrance area for the school, as a link to the northern school area and as a weather-protected area for communication, exhibitions, presentations, parties, games etc. Instead of expanding the top floor of the school stock, two classrooms were built on the ground floor of the planned new building. The existing flight of stairs in the school building remained unaffected. A new staircase with elevator was created in the new building as a joint-forming element, which sits between the connecting building of the orangery and the school home. The room layout is strictly two-hip, with a view of the Schlenken in the east and the Untersberg in the west. The wide window frames form a bay window, which can be used for sitting and lying.
There is a ventilation window on each side of these large window areas, which is intended to offer the home residents an intimate living atmosphere. The facade consists of vertical wooden formwork, with the battens loosening up at the window openings to ensure adequate ventilation. With their shading, the facade elements create diffuse light and a special living atmosphere. The student lounges are a communicative link between the orangery and the rooms. The above-ground components were built in constructive timber construction in order to visualize the agricultural product wood in terms of equipment and surfaces and to create a special feel-good climate with visible solid wood panels. Thanks to the passive house standard, the property represents an energetically optimized, sustainable construction.