Office building constructed in solid wood
Vahrn, Südtirol

Office building constructed in solid wood Vahrn, Südtirol, 2020

Office building constructed in solid wood

Working in a climate-active building

The industrial area is like an island situated between the expressway and the motorway, to which a new sustainable office building made of wood will be added next year. The building’s green facade and ecologically sustainable construction are resistant to the extreme conditions generated by elements such as fine dust.

The need for more office space and the goal of establishing new headquarters were the starting point for the builders. At the same time, future needs will be considered by allowing the building to accommodate potential changes in working methods, an increase in staff and changes in use. This was achieved by creating a floor plan structure that allows both densification within the building and a potential expansion of the attic. Areas for yoga and communal cooking reinforce social bonding, while areas for presenting research results and other work were also established. One of the distinctive features of the five-story office building is its pure solid wood construction, while its external image is projected by a charred wooden facade, produced using an old Japanese technique for preserving wood revived for this purpose. The green facade serves as the outermost layer of the building and executes complex functions such as building cooling, sun protection and fine dust filtration. It is a clear symbol of biodiversity that can also change the microclimate under extreme conditions.


  • Client: Hauptsitz Kostner Unternehmensgruppe
  • Typology: Office building
  • City: Vahrn, South Tyrol
  • GFA: 1.737m²
  • Architects: Partner und Partner Architekten
  • Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Silvia Grossinger, Sarah Mutschler, Lisa Kolkowski
  • structural engineering, technical building services, fire safety: Bergmeister Ingenieure
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