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Architects & their works in the Bregenz Forest, Austria

Architects and their works in the Bregenz Forest

The construction artists of Vorarlberg

When one talks about the pioneers of Vorarlberg architecture, one also talks of construction artists. But that is more the result of a development than it is an explanation. The title “construction artist” was used in the beginning because the title architect was refused during a major dispute with the “establishment” of the construction industry and chamber.



Famous baroque builders such as Peter Thumb, born in 1681 in Bezau, are a fixed part of architectural history, but anyone speaking of construction artists means the generation born after 1930.

Leopold Kaufmann

Hotel owner Susanne Kaufmann comes from a family of architects. One of these is Leopold Kaufmann, the senior partner of Hotel Post:

  • Carpentry apprenticeship and studies at the Technical University of Graz 1955-1960.
  • Practice with Helmut Eisentle and Bernhard Haeckel in Reuthe from 1961-1962.
  • Independent office in Bezau and Dornbirn since 1965.

Kaufmann’s famous works

  • 1987 St. Nicholas Church in Lech, Austria. Design by Professor Roland Ostertag Stuttgart, implemented by Leopold Kaufmann.
  • VIW Golm Tschagguns, Austria. Cableway with four large stations.
  • 1997 Design for Eisstation Dornbirn, Austria


Hans Purin

The famous Vorarlberg architect died in 2010. His legacy consists, amongst others, as an international pioneer in modern church construction and the idea of a cosmopolitan church.

  • Bricklayer apprenticeship in Bregenz
  • Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna under Roland Rainer, certificate 1959
  • Since 1959 Independent studio in Bregenz
  • 1961 to 1983 Office in Kennelbach
  • Since 1984 in Bregenz
  • 1980 Teaching appointment at TU Innsbruck

Purin’s famous works

  • 1961-1964 Renovation of Abteikirche Mehrerau Bregenz, Austria
  • 1974 Vicarage and vestry of the Evangelical Community Bregenz, Austria
  • 2010 Residential complex Nenzing-Mariex, Austria


Rudolf Wäger

“In the 1960s [...] I wanted to show that you could still build modernly with wood.” Says the Vorarlberg architect of his work.

  • Born in 1941 in Götzis (Vorarlberg)
  • 1960 completion of carpentry apprenticeship and 2 semesters of studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna under Roland Rainer
  • Since 1964 planning and implementation of single-family homes and estates as an autodidact.

Wäger’s famous works

  • 1973 Estate Ruhwiesen Schlins, Austria
  • 1985 Kirche Maria, queen of peace, Dornbirn, Austria
  • 1994 Operating building Dorf – building systems, Götzis, Austria

Vorarlberg architects of the present

If anyone were to make a ranking of the most significant world regions for architecture, Vorarlberg would definitely earn one of the top ten places. This not only refers to the significance of the individual creations, but also the number of famous architects of the current generation. Such a proportion is only possible where architecture is as valued as it is here. Architects such as Eberle, Gnaiger, Dietrich, Kaufmann or Ritsch are international stars today with teaching appointments at renowned universities.

World famous representatives


Worth seeing

Look at Hittisau or Schwarzenberg while walking through the Bregenz Forest. Modern architecture using steel constructions meets with wood and the classical Bregenz Forest house form there. The village of Bizau is especially suited for an architectural tour. Residential buildings of all eras, housing developments, buildings for commerce, education and community as well as inns form an ensemble that was awarded the ArGeAlp prize as a whole.

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