WALTER   UNTERRAINER                                               
ATELIER   FÜR   ARCHITEKTUR

Freschner Riegelweg           26A
6800                         FELDKIRCH

walter@architekt-unterrainer.com

                   

 

Born1952 in Innsbruck

1970  College degree in Innsbruck

from 1970  studies of architecture in Innsbruck, 2 years working and studying in England

from 1980  own architectural office in Feldkirch / Vorarlberg

 

Ecological aspects in Architecture from town planning scale into detail, avoiding sick building syndromes as well as economic construction methods by radical prefabrication were key issues of the office since it started. From 1984 specializing in extremely energy efficient architecture and building of ´controlled experimental´ innovative strategies in practice

The office has finished altogether more than 100 projects in different scales, new buildings as well as renovations, housing projects, farmhouses, school renovations, office- and industrial buildings as well as interior design.

from 1995 workshops at different Universities like London, Aachen, KTH Stockholm, Tallin, Bologna, Vienna,  Mackintosh School of Architecture / Glasgow 2003 und 2004, Skopje, Ljubljana, Kiew,  Tokyo,  Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger   etc.

1994 - 2004  lecturer (Docent) for design, building construction and ecological building methods at the University of Liechtenstein

from 2005   lecturer at the Kunstuniversität Linz / Austria  (Linz University of Arts) for

the design of wooden buildings and wooden constructions

2006  visiting professor at the school of Architecture in Ljubljana / Slovenia

from 2007 professor at the Aarhus School of Architecture

director of MEGA – joint master for sustainable and energy  efficient architecture between Tsinghua University  Beijing and Aarhus School of Architecture

From 2007 part of the preparation team for UMA, since 2010 professor at the Umea School of Architecture, responsible for the master course ´laboratory for sustainable architectural production´

Long study trips to Finland, Mexico and many countries in South America, India, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan 

From 1984 specializing in extremely energy efficient architecture and building of ´controlled experimental´ innovative strategies in practice

The office has finished altogether more then 100 projects in different scales, new buildings as well as renovations, housing projects, farmhouses, school renovations, office- and industrial buildings as well as interior design.

 

Among those a selection of the most important ones:

1988   first Solar school in Austria with Hermann Kaufmann and Sture Larsen after winning the competition.                                                                                        

1988  Ecological low energy low cost housing for 11 families in planning participation

1989       Prefabricated Industrial Building ´Schweizer und Pilger´ 

1991       10 month studies in New Zealand

From 1991   refining prefabrication methods of individual wooden buildings

1992       first prefabricated house in Dornbirn made of plywood

1993    detached house with 2 flats in Koblach -  built in 10 weeks                        

1994    construction of the first house in Austria with a window solar collector      

1996       Solar Architecture Award of Vorarlberg for the cardboard houses in Bregenz

1997    Solar Architecture Award of  Vorarlberg for the passive houses in Batschuns as the first terraced passive houses in Austria                                                      

1997    Architecture Award of the Austrian Architectural Union for the cardboard houses in Bregenz

1998   Wooden Architecture award of Vorarlberg   for the animal hospital with a flat in  Lauterach – massive wooden structure with cardboard façade                  

1998    first price of the competition for a industrial building ´Lot Holzbau´ - built as an experimental and extremely low cost factory                                                       

1999  Wooden Architecture award of Vorarlberg for 3 flats in Feldkirch (Wachter / Schennach / Schennach). Low cost passive house flats, highly prefabricated 

1999    Winner of the open competition Bus Terminal and Office building in Feldkirch together with Markus Gohm and Ulf Hiesberger                                     

2000 – now   Architect and consultant for several energy efficient projects in Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Norway and Scotland 

2001  2  State Awards  `Haus der Zukunft`  (future houses) - for  the passive houses in Batschuns and the 3 flats in Feldkirch (Wachter / Schennach / Schennach)

2002    Wooden Architecture award for Lot factory

2002    Construction of the first certified office building as passive house in Austria ´ Fa. Schlossgangl´ in  Steyr / Upper Austria                                            

2003    Award of Solar Architecture for ´Fa. Schlossgangl´ in Steyr – as well as Austrian Solar Globe 

2003    Wooden Architecture Award of Upper Austria for  the passive house office building ´Fa. Schlossgangl´ in Steyr

2003    2  Wooden Architecture Awards in Vorarlberg for the 5 passive houses in Klaus and the prefabricated passive house in Satteins with polycarbon facade                                                                                                       

2004   Finalist of the competition for 200 passive house flats in Vienna             

2004   Construction of 2 prefabricated low cost passive houses with textile facades                                           

2005    Finish of 2 experimental massive wooden projects: a passive house in difficult topography and an extreme low cost private school building

2006  Wooden Architecture Award for zero energy house at average building costs in Feldkirch / Austria

2009  1st  prize in competition of urban retrofitting in Amberg/Germany. Being built at the moment, phase 1 finished in autumn 2011