Forestry Administration Ruhefeld Castle

Forestry Administration Ruhefeld Castle

Architect
Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH
Location
Frohnleiten, Austria | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Offices
Simon Oberhofer

Forestry Administration Ruhefeld Castle

Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH as Architects

Ruhefeld Castle - built in 1780 and owned by the Mayr-Melnhof family since 1872 - was severely damaged during World War II. In the course of reconstruction, some painful changes had been made. For example, the inner courtyard was blocked almost entirely with staircases, wet rooms, storage and technical rooms, leaving the surroundingcorridor largely without natural light.

photo_credit Simon Oberhofer
Simon Oberhofer

After a detailed analysis, a comprehensive concept for deconstruction and reorganization was developed.

1. Clearance of visual axes
2. Deconstruction of the inner courtyard and arcades
3. Central hall with year-round use 
4. Renewal of infrastructure

By demolishing the staircase, the corridor area enclosing the inner courtyard could be fully illuminated again. Existing bricked-up openings to the inner courtyard were restored. A new glass roof over the inner courtyard turns the ground floor zone into a multi-purpose area available for different uses throughout the year. However, the main purpose of the new hall is the new openness, the light flooding and the gained quality of the space. The new glass canopy on a glued laminated timber structure from the clients' own factory also improves the energy balance of the entire castle.

photo_credit Simon Oberhofer
Simon Oberhofer

Significant attention was paid to the arrival situation, where after opening the entrance door a view through the entire building is possible.The new staircase is unobtrusively located in the corridor area and sets a new accent in the existing substance through its "different" detailing. The steel construction also supports the wall statics.

The entire technical infrastructure, including the sanitary areas, was brought up to date and the use of the individual rooms was adapted to their requirements.

Throughout the building, care was taken to preserve existing structures and to complement them with new elements.

 

Material Used :
1. Flooring: Weitzer Parkett, Charisma ProStrong

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Hidalgo Mira Arquitectura restore the historic Godelleta tower in Valencia, Spain
30 Nov 2022 News
Hidalgo Mira Arquitectura restore the historic Godelleta tower in Valencia, Spain

Estimated to be built between the period of 11th and 13th centuries, the Godelleta tower is a Buildi... More

Stilt Studios unveil prefab treehouse hospitality units overlooking the lush rice fields of Bali
30 Nov 2022 News
Stilt Studios unveil prefab treehouse hospitality units overlooking the lush rice fields of Bali

Set amidst the coastal village of Canggu, Treehouse Studios is Stilt studios' newest hospitality add... More

Sterck’s new showroom revives the glory of the industrial heritage of Aalst, Belgium
30 Nov 2022 News
Sterck’s new showroom revives the glory of the industrial heritage of Aalst, Belgium

Formerly a weaving mill repurposed into a Tupperware plastic factory and recently transformed into a... More

Casa TO by Ludwig Godefroy is an experiential retreat on Mexico's Pacific coast
30 Nov 2022 News
Casa TO by Ludwig Godefroy is an experiential retreat on Mexico's Pacific coast

Nestled amidst a land of golden sunsets, with unparalleled vistas of the sea, sand and cliffs, in La... More

Spaces & Design conceptualize stairs as a sculptural, interconnecting element in this Kolkata House
30 Nov 2022 News
Spaces & Design conceptualize stairs as a sculptural, interconnecting element in this Kolkata House

A split-level structure, in Kolkata, with a distinguishable floor plate and a unique spatial configu... More

Liknon by K-studio on the Greek island of Samos dissolves the traditional idea of a museum
30 Nov 2022 News
Liknon by K-studio on the Greek island of Samos dissolves the traditional idea of a museum

On the Greek island of Samos, Liknon by K-studio is an unconventional museum project celebrating Met... More

Noodle Story by Yatofu Creatives offers a 'curio cabinet' of new and nostalgic experiences
30 Nov 2022 News
Noodle Story by Yatofu Creatives offers a 'curio cabinet' of new and nostalgic experiences

Marking their third collaboration with designers Yatofu Creatives, Noodle Story is now bringing thei... More

10 distinct timber-clad houses that are rustic yet modern
29 Nov 2022 Specification
10 distinct timber-clad houses that are rustic yet modern

Wood, in all its forms, is unquestionably among the most versatile materials available out there. Hu... More