handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps

Imgang Architects transforms Fraganter Youth Hut

 

The Fraganter Youth Hut, part of the Austrian Alpine Club, underwent renovation and expansion by Imgang Architects. Positioned amidst the impressive Goldberg group at an altitude of approximately 1,800 meters, the hut serves as a venue for various courses catering to children and teenagers. The secluded location facilitates a departure from daily routines, fostering internal exchange and a sense of community. The architectural approach pays homage to the historical copper mining area. The extension, featuring a cantilevered design with a gallery-like opening, is clad in handmade copper shingles, establishing a visual connection to the past. The ensemble, including the existing building, forms a courtyard with a covered outdoor area. The main building’s base utilizes robust reinforced concrete for stability in the alpine terrain and protection against winter snow deposits. Cross-laminated timber, predominantly local spruce, is employed for all other components, including the interior.

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
all images by David Schreyer

 

 

concrete and timber frame clads in copper shingles

 

The larch facade and roof contribute warmth and harmony to the structure. The extended section incorporates a kitchen, living room, lounge, and a multi-purpose room with amenities such as a climbing wall and a stage for performances. The main building accommodates 36 sleeping places for youth and 9 for supervisors, complete with bathrooms. Heating is managed by a wood-burning stove fueled with wood from the hut’s own forest, prepared by the children during the summer. The use of natural materials ensures the building harmonizes seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. The straightforward architecture by Imgang Architects pays tribute to the region’s history while providing a contemporary experience for the Alpine Club youth.

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
the hut serves as a venue for diverse courses, providing children and teenagers a unique mountain experience

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
Imgang Architects’ design pays homage to the historical copper mining area surrounding the hut

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
the extension, clad in handmade copper shingles, creates a visual link to the region’s rich mining history

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
robust reinforced concrete at the main building’s base ensures stability in the alpine terrain

fragant-youth-hut-imgang-architects-austria-designboom-1800-2

the larch facade and roof contribute warmth and harmony to the Fraganter Youth Hut

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
the ensemble, including the existing building, forms a courtyard with a covered outdoor area

fragant-youth-hut-imgang-architects-austria-designboom-1800-3

natural materials ensure seamless harmony with the Fraganter Youth Hut’s alpine surroundings

handmade copper shingles wrap secluded hut in the austrian alps
cross-laminated timber, mainly local spruce, is used for all components, including the interior

 

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the extended section features a kitchen, living room, lounge, and a multi-purpose room with climbing wall and stage
the extended section features a kitchen, living room, lounge, and a multi-purpose room with climbing wall and stage
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project info:

 

name: Fraganter Youth Hut
architect: Imgang Architects | @imgang_architekten

location: Flattach, Carinthia, Austria

photography: David Schreyer | @schreyerdavid_bild

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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