A vision has become reality. Bilding, a unique facility for aesthetic education and creative encouragement for children and youths has finally found its very own space in Innsbruck's Rapoldipark.

Based on the conceptual groundwork, that a voluntary group of architects connected to aut. architektur und tirol provided for the planning of this building, students of ./studio3 carried out the final design. Supervised by Walter Prenner, Verena Rauch and Wolfgang Pöschl 17 projects were submitted as bachelor theses. In December 2014 a jury selected Niklas Nalbach's project for further development. In cooperation with numerous companies and thanks to the gratuitous work of structural engineers, architects and expert planners the project was collectively developed for final construction. In mid April 2015 construction work began on the site provided by the city of Innsbruck. Thanks to the students' dedicated work effort, bilding was completed within just five months and at low-cost.

The result is a workshop resembling a pavilion that not only offers the perfect space for the children and youths working within, but also enriches the surrounding park with it's singular architecture. Outside decks and floor to ceiling glass walls connect the curved building to its surroundings and on the inside, slanting walls and floors create a continuum of spaces with various atmospheres and work opportunities.

An experimental space has been designed and constructed by young people for young people. A place for change, which sees education as “a work in progress”, and encourages active participation. bilding's extensive programme, starting this autumn, proves the opportunities offered by location and space.

We would like to thank all of those who provided their expertise and skill, their calling, their funds and their energy. It was only the cooperation of all these people, convinced that our children need such a place, which enabled the realisation of this new space of creativity.

Technical Description


foundation: point bearing concrete elements, glued laminated timber

construction floor/walls/roof: BBS spruce wood 10cm

front/ roof: high polymer, white sealing sheets, roof mechanically secured, roof-wall seamlessly welded

glass front: insulated glass with sun control coating

construction period: April – July 2015

bilding – the building
idea and conception Monika Abendstein, Arno Ritter
conceptual support aut. architektur und tirol
supervision Walter Prenner, Wolfgang Pöschl, Verena Rauch
architecture based on a design by Niklas Nalbach
realisation students of ./studio3 – department of experimental architecture, University of Innsbruck (Head of department: Prof. Volker Giencke)
Sabrina Aichner, Dilan Basbuga, Manuel Bonell, Jan Claßen, Gülsüm Coban, Tobias Dorsch, Marlene Fromm, Thomas Innerwinkler, Jonas Koblmüller, Lukas Kochendörfer, Veronika Koller, Bernardin König, David Kranebitter, Lisa Kranebitter, Julius Kress, Nihan Mair, Lisa-Marie Martach, Aleksey Moskvin, Niklas Nalbach, Alexander Neuwirth, Evangelos Palaskas, Sandra Rohrmoser, Ferdinand Rubach, Ufuk Sagir, Fabien Stoque, Ana Turcan, Andreas Wagner

supported by
founders Aquarex Abdichtungen, Arcon Beschichtungen/Glas Gasperlmair, ATP architekten ingenieure, Binderholz, Egger Platten, Ortner Gruppe
patrons ALUKÖNIGSTAHL, EAE Stöckl, Fröschl , Generali Versicherung, Glas Siller, HALOTECH LICHTFABRIK, Hans Hauser, Hilti, Höck Holzbau, Huter & Söhne, IKB Innsbrucker Kommunalbetriebe, Julius Blum Beschläge, Kammer der Archi­tektInnen und Ingenieurkonsu­lentInnen für Tirol und Vorarlberg, Land Tirol, MPREIS WarenvertriebsgmbH, Schafferer Holzbau, Siblik Elektrik, Stadt Innsbruck, Statik Alfred Brunnsteiner, Steinbacher Dämm­stof­fe, Technik Kluckner, Tiroler Tageszeitung, Trigonos
builder ADLER-Werk Lackfabrik, AEP Planung + Beratung, Blasy, Blumenpark Seidemann, Gradischegg, Gutmann Erdgas, Mc AG, PIXELPROJECT GmbH, Privatquelle Gruber, Querkraft Architekten, Sto, TIWAG, TB Schrauben, Tschabrun Holz & Baustoffe, Unterberger Immobilien, Waldhart Sand, Schotter, Erdbewegungen, Würth-Hochenburger
as well as numerous “brick donors”