St. Moritz is internationally known for its Altitude Training and Competition Centre (HTWZ) for athletics and for its good training conditions. This, therefore, brings many elite athletes, triathletes, runners and racing cyclists to the location each year. In order to take a further step towards improving the infrastructure, a competition was organized by the municipality in 2017, which was won by Walter Bieler and Georg Krähenbühl. They convinced the competition jury of the HTWZ – which consists of a pavilion and a warehouse – with their outstanding design.
The clad warehouse
Another building was erected to store the individual parts of the temporary pavilion and to store the sports equipment for the athletics activities. The new warehouse is in the immediate vicinity of St. Karl Borromäus church. The church is an important cultural and historical legacy for St Moritz Bad. “Construction is also a cultural mission,” says Walter Bieler. The interaction with this building was an important concern for the two men from Grisons during project development.
In addition to the functionality of the HTWZ, its architectural quality is central. The horizontal and vertical staggering of the volume makes the building more complex and, at the same time, makes the various uses inside clear. The appearance of the purely functional building is refined by cladding with wood shingles made of Engadine larch. Furthermore, thanks to the homegrown cladding, it blends authentically into the surroundings.
The “best architects” award
The quality of the Grisons building project has now been honored with the “best architects 21″ award in the infrastructure buildings category.
ST. Moritz Altitude Training and Competition Centre
Project Name: HTWZ St. Moritz / Altitude Training and Competition Centre St. Moritz (HTWZ)
Project design by Krähenbühl Architekten Studio and Walter Bieler AG, wood engineer
Architecture Firm: Krähenbühl Architekten Studio
Firm Location: Davos Platz, Switzerland
Engineer Firm: Walter Bieler AG
Firm Location: Bonaduz, Switzerland
Completion Year: 2018
Project location: St. Moritz Bad, Switzerland
Building Volume: Pavilion 439 m3, Warehouse 1115 m3
Building Area: Pavilion 175 m2, Warehouse 260 m2
Lead Architects: Georg Krähenbühl
Lead Engineer: Walter Bieler
Photo credits: Laura Egger
Design Team: Reto Cavegn, Stephan Berni
Clients: Municipality St. Moritz
“best architects 21”