Villa K, Hochenegg, near Graz – BigSEE Architecture Award 2020 - Winner. Architecture: Love architecture and urbanism, 2018
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BigSEE Awards 2020 – Styria

Mit den BIG SEE Awards werden herausragende Leistungen in den Bereichen Architektur, Inneneinrichtung, Produkt- und Modedesign, Holz und Tourismus im südosteuropäischen Raum prämiert. Nach drei Bauten, die wir bereits auf GAT vorgestellt haben – Wohnbau Max-Mell-Allee / Gesundheitseinrichtung Josefhof / Universitätsbibliothek Graz (siehe Artikel unten), werden die sieben weiteren steirischen Gewinner-Projekte im Jahr 2020 präsentiert:

BigSEE Architecture Award 2020 - Winner

  • Villa K, Hochenegg, near Graz
    BigSEE Architecture Award 2020 - Winner
    Love architecture and urbanism, 2018
    "The property of this project is nestled in an idyllic valley southeast of Graz. The landscape features picturesque rural scenery, orchards, meadows and a steep hillside that offers fabulous views. The building itself is designed as viewing platform on the hillside. The property of this project is nestled in an idyllic valley southeast of Graz. The landscape features picturesque rural scenery, orchards, meadows and a steep hillside that offers fabulous views. The building itself is designed as viewing platform on the hillside. The internal structure is an open space design, loft-like, spacious rooms, with all areas leading toward the ample terraces. The various areas of the platform offer space for pools, terraces and gardens. Lightness, openness and spacious windows create a nice transition from inside to the outside, to the magnificent view and charming surroundings." (
  • Villa BÖHM, Graz
    BigSEE Architecture Award 2020 - Winner
    Hofrichter-Ritter Architects 2019
    "The building was modified in 1878 according to an original design by Carl Lueff by city architect Johann de Colle. It was built as a gardener’s house for the villa at Schubertstrasse 45 and was extended by two window axes in 1909 through the addition of a garage in the northeast. Now the owner wanted to transform this building into a contemporary use. An independent, contemporary structure was added to the existing building on the unadorned north-west side, which conveys the character of a pavilion due to its light and open construction and gives the restored existing building visual support. The linear horizontal order of the historic facade is continued in the newly added flat roof. This structure was constructed with a deliberate dividing line to the existing structure in order to act as an independent structure. In the southwest and northeast are the terraces, which are shaded by the protruding roof. Floor-to-ceiling window elements dissolve the facade and allow the best possible lighting. The functional usable areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and toilet are in the annex. As a result, the installation effort in the inventory remains low. What makes this project one-of-a-kind? Historical architecture in combination with new contemporary architecture creates something timeless". (

BigSEE Tourism Design Award 2020 - Winner

  • Basilica & Clerical House, Mariazell
    BigSEE Tourism Design Award 2020 - Winner
    Feyferlik/Fritzer, 2018
    "This was feasable in Mariazell, important catholic stronghold in Central Europe. From 1992 until 2018 the Liturgic District (Basilica, Clerical House etc.), have been refurbished, reorganized and extended. The objective was to design the New in a way, that it is clearly recognisable without competiting the Old but preserving the Old’s specific charm and atmosphere. Importance was attached at high handcrafted quality throughout the realisation and at the sensitive selection of surfaces and  materials. Embedded into an overall concept many specific measures from very small to very big scales were implemented. The particular artistry consisted in not to lose the overview, not to fall victim to fast trends and to be able to coexist side by side with the creations of Domenico Sciassa and Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. All that happened in respect for spirituality and equally free from fear of the burden of history. It is a matter of harmonic coexistence of Old and New, that sets up an unique experience for all senses. The client constantly had a vision for the entire project and for the firstly utopic funding." (
  • Hotel Stegerhof, Irdning-Donnersbachtal
    BigSEE Tourism Design Award 2020 - Winner
    Ederarch, 2018
    "From the long-standing, traditional Inn in a small town, the Stegerhof has turned into one of the leading Children’s Hotels in Austria. Fundamental to this success was the constructional development and changes, that became necessary when a change of generation in the management and a subsequent reorientation created new requirements and needs. These were met with a new concept by Ederarch, which created the basis for the further planning and restructuring of the entire hotel complex. Key aspect of this project was the reconstruction of the original building and head office, which regained its status as the main building and the centre of the hotel. While the ground floor functions as the reception, lobby, bar and restaurant, the upper floors house the family rooms and suites as well as the apartments for the owners of the hotel. From an urban development point of view integrating the newly enlarged cubature into the existing, historically grown ensemble of buildings was essential. The facade of the upper floors is angled, appears shorter and gives the structure tension. The outdoor spaces of the family rooms are designed as loggias and integrate into the overall volume. The design of the suites as well as the apartments in the loft evolved from the unique location and special surroundings. The choice of materials and superstructural parts mirrors the wish of the clients for regional and ecological construction. Despite strict requirements for fire safety and sound insulation, the load-bearing structure was made visible to a great extent. The interior is dominated by solid wood, through-color medium density fiberboard (MDF), stone, fine stoneware, mineral lime-cement plasters as well as open-pored lime and silicate paint. The centrally arranged, open stairwell is understood as valuable spatial flow in which creative reduction and choice of material are especially perceptible." (

BigSEE Wood Design Award 2020 - Winner

  • Haus im Obstgarten, Graz
    BigSEE Wood Design Award 2020 - Winner
    Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher – Architekten, 2017
    "The starting point was a plot of land sloping to the east with a beautiful population of apple trees. The clients wanted a cost-effective residential building organized on one level with a maximum of 115m² of living space. A classic cellar was dispensed for cost reasons, a small concrete technical room forms the central foundation and stiffens the building against wind loads. Above this is the single-storey wooden structure supported by concrete columns. The row of trees on the street side was only interrupted by the carport, the trees form a filter layer to the street space and create a courtyard-like situation in the terrace area. The living area and retreat areas were shifted towards each other so that a spacious south-facing terrace is created and the living area is ideally lit all day. Rough sawn spruce from the region was used for the facade. What makes this project one-of-a-kind? Sensible integration in the landscape, preserve the existing apple trees between street and garden, private yard." (
  • House L., St. Peter im Sulmtal
    BigSEE Wood Design Award 2020 - Winner
    ProjektCC, 2015
    "The surroundings of the building site exist of agriculturally used areas and the city center of St. Peter can be reached within five minutes by foot. The requirement was to design a timeless residential house which had to be completely barrier-free. The house and garage are built on a concrete foundation. Except for two steel frames, the supporting structure consists exclusively of cross laminated timber panels. To create the feelings of warmth and comfort silver fir and oiled oak were used as materials for the vaulted ceiling. To avoid monofunctional corridors built-in furniture was used to create different spaces without having to use actual walls. The pantry and a closet function as a barrier between the private areas of the house such as the bathroom, bedroom and office space and the public areas consisting of an open kitchen, a dining area and a living room which have a direct access to the covered terrace and garden. The design idea was to allow many different views to create a specific atmosphere for each area of the house. The dematerialized ridge floods the room with daylight and serves as a sun trap in winter. What makes this project one-of-a-kind? The living space with its high vaulted ceiling is flooded by daylight from a skylight strip at the ridge of the roof. Surrounding the living space is a covered terrace with a depth of 3m and height of 2,4m that acts as an intermediate zone between the inside and the garden. Especially on the west side this terrace has created a very interesting and unusual area. To minimize the separation between the inside and the outside floor-to-ceiling windows were used to create the effect of transparency. One looks, so to speak, from the cave and from a distance at the garden, the intermediate zone is both an optical extension of the living space in winter and a shaded lounge area on warm days. The design allows the changing weather conditions such as snow, rain and wind to create different atmospheres inside the living space while being perfectly protected at all times. We are fascinated by this effect and it becomes obvious in this project that it is possible to generate very interesting spaces by using a somewhat unusual but not exaggerated geometry." (
  • Single family house, Altaussee
    BigSEE Wood Design Award 2020 - Winner
    Goos Architekten, 2017
    "An old barn, which was extended and adapted without permit throughout decades is converted into a modern single-family house, playing with traditional elements and testing the boundaries of local design guidelines. Even though the internal setup is completely restructured, the outline of the original barn is basically maintained. The outside of the house is primarily clad with charred and washed vertical larch planks applied in a traditional fashion, where as the building additions are entirely covered using a new interpretation of a local historical ornament cut out of larch boards. The interior is divided into the solid construction of the lower floor and the wood-frame construction on top. In contrast to the rather traditionally based elements of the exterior, the clear and minimalistic rooms inside create a modern and distinct setting. The internal surface of the old barn was clad in white oiled larch where as the new spaces where created by installing a solid wood structure standing out from the old composition." (

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