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Werkraum House in Bregenzerwald, Austria

Werkraumhaus in the Bregenz Forest

Skilled trade and handicrafts in Vorarlberg, Austria

A showcase for crafts

In Andelsbuch, just a few minutes from Bezau by car, a house dedicated to Bregenz Forest crafts and skilled trades was built. It was initiated by Werkraum Bregenz Forest, a cooperation programme established by local skilled trades businesses. The architect is Peter Zumthor from Switzerland, an internationally known architect who has a close link to crafts, and particularly to skilled tradespeople in the Bregenz Forest area.

The Werkraum House

The plans created by the architect Peter Zumthor are based on two fundamental ideas: the Werkraum House will be a meeting place for the association as well as a showcase for crafts. The protruding roof and the recessed facade are already attracting the gaze of passers-by. The separation between inside and outside appears to have been nullified, and the landscape flows through the building. The Werkraum House with its 700 square metre hall will become a meeting space for skilled craftspeople and their customers. As it can be used openly and flexibly, it can combine the functions of a venue for exhibitions, education, communication and administration.

The architect

The architect is Peter Zumthor from Switzerland, who has been an admirer of the Bregenz Forest and its skilled trades businesses since the construction of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, and probably even before that. In the architecture scene, Peter Zumthor is considered to be an individualist for whom the selection of materials is of particular importance. His other well-known works include the spa in Vals, the Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, or the many historical buildings which he has preserved in his work in the conservation of architectural heritage.

Crafts and skilled trades

Nowhere else in Europe is there such a density of crafts and skilled trades businesses as in the Bregenz Forest. Almost half of all those in employment work for these firms. Their skill and the high quality of their work are internationally renowned - and the Werkraum Bregenz Forest aims to preserve this. Crafts and the learning of skilled trades have, in the meantime, regained their former status. And the strong emphasis on quality in every sense makes working, producing and living in the Bregenz Forest more attractive than ever.

Opening hours of the Werkraum House

Tuesdays to Saturday 10.00-18.00
Sunday, Monday and public holidays closed

Admission prices

Adults € 5, with discount € 3,50
Free admission for children and young people up to 15

Guided tours for groups (15 persons or more), € 7 per person

Public guided tour: every Thursday
17.00–18.00, € 7 per person

Further information on the Werkraum Bregenz Forest and its member companies can be found at www.werkraum.at. The staff of Hotel Post in Bezau will be pleased to provide further information. If you wish, you can also book a room in Bezau after making a no-obligation enquiry.