About Wibeba Administration Building Project:
Company name: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Project location: A-3250 Wieselburg,
Completion Year: 2018
Structural engineering timber: Merz Kley Partner, Dornbirn / structural engineering concrete: GG Ingenieure, Vienna / building physics: IBO, Vienna / HAVCR: Team GMI, Vienna / Electronics: Braun, Amstetten / ÖBA: Aigner & Partner, Linz
Photo credits: © Bruno Klomfar
Awards: Lower Austria Timber Construction Prize 2019
About the architecture company
Employing an international team of more than 100 architects working in Austria (Bregenz and Vienna), Switzerland (St Gallen), France (Paris) and Germany (Munich), the company is led by Helmut Dietrich, Much Untertrifaller, Dominik Philipp and Patrick Stremler. With the support of local agencies and regional partners, the architecture firm succeded to develop many international projects. Their international presence grew a lot in the past few years, in countries such as Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland.
They created an architecture from its respective context – restrained in style with spatial sophistication and demonstrating finely nuanced materiality being always careful to use sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. They approached a large spectrum of architecture projects, from large-scale buildings and urban structures through alterations of existing buildings to single-family homes. Their creativity and inquiring mind can be remarked in all these projects.
Due to their innovative and sustainable projects, the architecture firm received many awards, including the Prix National de la Construction Bois 2017 (Sports Center Alice Milliat Lyon) and the State Award for Architecture and Sustainability 2017 (Elementary School Edlach, Dornbirn).
The building has the shape of a cube. The asymmetrically cut windows set a landmark for the site of the hardwood sawmill Wibeba Holz in Wieselburg. The small cube can assert itself against the large neighboring industrial buildings and at the same time blends harmoniously into its environment with loosely built up single-family houses having an eye-catching appearance.
The requirements of the room program were met by the conceptual idea, which includes specific facilities such as training, recreation and presentation rooms in addition to offices. each floor is raised by half a story creating elevated rooms according to use due to the split-level typology. The asymmetrical central access core houses sanitary and ancillary rooms and also serves as a supply shaft.
Amazing view of the Ötscher mountains
On the first floor, one can find the offices and the meeting room. The covered entrance leads into the foyer with reception and presentation area and connecting back office. The second-floor houses offices, as well as a training room and it, divided into two parts. It extends eating steps to the third floor and directly adjoins the lounge and bar area with a staff kitchen. One can notice a wide view of the Ötscher mountains from the roof garden.
The support for the prefabricated wood-concrete-composite ceiling elements is formed by the massive exposed concrete core. Most of the ventilation and electrical installations are located in the suspended ceiling made of silver fir. The acoustics in the building is improved by the inlaid mineral wool has a sound-absorbing effect. The ceiling of the uppermost story consists of pure cross-laminated timber. The outer walls are made of wood elements and covered with a ventilated, vertical oak formwork.