St. Christoph am Arlberg is one of the smallest and highest ski areas in Austria – internationally known for its important role in the development of alpine skiing. For the World Ski Championships 2001, the Austrian Ski Association urgently needed a new sports hall with gym, bar and offices for 45 employees. There was neither enough money nor enough time for that. A big challenge through these “impossible” conditions.
The cost-optimized construction led to an “industrial hall” with steel frames, prefabricated single elements and aluminum panels. The eight roof girders are truss-like and, thanks to their height, allow the installation of the staff projectile. The flat roof and sloping facade reduce the risk of snow and roof avalanches. The expressive sky-blue color of the outer skin and the generous building-high glazing of the southeast corner set self-confident accents despite the strict budget.
After just five months of construction, the hall was opened on time for the World Ski Championships.
CLIENT Österreichischer Skiverband
LOCATION St. Christoph am Arlberg, Österreich
PROJECT DATA  Indoor Sport Center, Employee Housing
PHOTOS Günter Wett