The waste materials collection centre is located in the middle of the City of Feldkirch. The aesthetic building made of wood from local forests makes the process of waste separation visible in the town, treating it with the greatest respect in design terms. With form following function, the entire site is covered by a roof: A large hall that houses all the functions, and a cubage that provides for flexible usage now and in the future.
When the door of the centre is open, no one can miss it and the routes through the facility are self-explanatory. The bins are clearly marked and located in bright, inviting recesses. Around the building, there is a road – at a slight gradient – wide enough for trucks to load and unload large containers. The transport lane running along the property line fits in perfectly between the hall and a huge rockfall embankment at the foot of the Ardetzenberg, a prominent hill in the middle of the urban area.
In keeping with environmental awareness and sustainability, the wood for the facade comes from the city’s own municipal forest in Saminatal. The client, the City of Feldkirch, also agreed to a high-quality and sophisticated timber building. The large spans – twelve metres between columns – were achieved by using columns constructed of elements glued together in a cruciform shape and anchored in a steel shoe. The junctions of the trusses are also made of steel and braced with diagonal tie-rods. Resting on the spruce trusses is a stacked-plank roof made of solid wood. 24 roof lights ensure even lighting of the hall and make it a pleasant place for staff and customers.