Eine Bank erfindet sich neu:

  • Pichler & Traupmann Architects design the new building for RLB Tirol
  • Hybrid architecture reflects RAIQA’s vision and Raiffeisen’s ethics
  • Impulse for the urban development created by revitalising the quarter

Business in banking changes rapidly. The traditional bank branch is ultimately questioned by some sector insiders, not within Raiffeisen. In addition to the digitalisation, personal encounters and consultation, as well as a person-to-person-conversation, are part of the indispensable core values. Based on this concept chose Raiffeisen Landesbank Tirol an unusual as well as future-oriented approach for the conversion of its new main building. The vision is to revitalise an aged building to realise an innovative neighbourhood development and to create a place in the centre of Innsbruck, that is open for everyone and that invites people to talk, linger and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. The decision for the design offered by the Viennese architectural office Pichler & Traupmann was achieved in a competition; RLB Tirol had invited 16 regional, national and international architectural offices (15 of them took part in the contest). A jury consisting of representatives of the city of Innsbruck, the Chamber of Architects, the bank and building experts decided on the two finalists; they were Pichler & Traupmann and Iris Reiter. Within the works of further concretisation of these two projects, Pichler & Traupmann was finally awarded.

Bank Building as a Meeting Zone

The decision represents a significant step to the Raiffeisen-Landesbank Tirol, starting from the vision to a concrete project, the redesign of the bank building and the associated development of an innovative quarter within the centre of Innsbruck. On the site, which is currently almost exclusively used as a bank, there should be developed a location, which provides beside the most modern bank of the province a four-star hotel, restaurants, shops, a new art space and facilities for seminars and events. All these ways of use are realised within an innovative urban-sharing-concept that allows all the users to benefit from the shared use of the area within the quartier.

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Woschitz Engineering ZT GmbH is in charge of the coordination of the general planer as well as for the planning of the technical building equipment. RWT plus ZT GmbH was tasked with the structural design and the building physics.


Text: Presse

Photos © Chronic-Pictures, Patricia Bagienski

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