Adolf Krischanitz - Traisenpavillon for the “Birth of the Capital City” exhibition, St. Pölten 1988. Photos (C) Margherita Spiluttini. More then likely the most “post modern” project that will ever be featured on subtilitas, as I have a very strong aversion to most of that particular movement, but I find something strangely alluring about Krischanitz’s work, and especially how it has developed over the decades. I would recommend his latest book “Architecture is the Difference Between Architecture” for a survey of his more recent built work, along with a collection of his writings.
Designed by Marcel Meili and Markus Peter after winning an invited competition, the renovation and expansion of a historic guest house to a new conference center in Rüschlikon, completed in 2000, features the talents of an incredibly well curated collaboration of Swiss and Austrian architects, furniture designers, artists, and landscape designers to navigate the large and complex project.
With participation from Adolf Krischanitz, Hermann Czech, Kienast Vogt, Gilbert Bretterbauer, and Günther Förg, the group is representative of a specific school of thought that manifests itself in the design. Elements including the integration of the new buildings to the existing structure, the subtle, yet stunning engineering that allows for large cantilevers and column free spaces, the stoic but complimentary landscaping, and an impeccable detailing and juxtaposition of materials show a clearly articulated concept executed across all scales.
The final image above, depicting a small grab detail on the edge of a sofa, is an amazing moment in which one can see the relationship between the color pallet of the conference room, the contrast of the concrete and painted wall adjacent water feature, or polish of a brass door next to dark stone, etc and the totality of this stunningly well coordinated project is evident. All photos via Margherita Spiluttini.