Architecture – Modify and Maintain

Recognize what’s good and preserve it, Supplement with the best of what’s new and what’s truly essential

“Who doesn’t keep up with time, will be left by it.” We think a lot about this aphorism. We want to be modern, but are in no way keen to chase after the zeitgeist. We embrace the building tradition that has evolved in Vorarlberg over the past 40 years, refining it to our tastes and needs. We partner with local craftsmen because without them, nothing would work out.

A building site is always a challenge for everyone who takes part, and in a village like Lech supporting (and supported by) winter tourism, building can only begin once the winter season is over.

Just a few months later, at the beginning of December, everything has to be shipshape and spick-and-span. Everyone hopes for a smooth start to each winter season. That requires meticulous preparation and clear-headed work. When everyone works together, the problems that always seem to arise on building sites can be solved quickly. There’s no room for mistakes, no time for delays.

Through our renovations and erection of new houses, several different styles join to create a unified mixture. It’s just this special charm of Pension Alpenfluh that our guests have been appreciating for years or even decades.

Here’s a look into two of our most recent renovations:

Renovation 2018: Stammhaus, First Floor

At nearly 600 years old, our Stammhaus can be comfortably referred to as a ‘woman of a certain age.’ You can spot traces of this longevity here and there, though she has been renovated, rebuilt and modernized several times over. With the latest renovation, we tried to stay true to the spirit, materials and forms of the old Walser-style farmhouse of the Arlberg mountain region.

Our craftsmen built with strong, simple materials like solid wood, loden cloth, blackened steel and fine stoneware. Many of the tradesmen and businesses that produce these materials have supported us in the realization of our plans for many years. They come from the surrounding regions of Lechtal, Klostertal, Rheintal, Stanzertal and Bregenzerwald. Though they each speak their own dialect, when it comes to craftsmanship, their language is one.

New Construction 2014: Haus Arbogast

After 30 years of living smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the winter season, it was time to create a retreat for our family. In just eight months we built Haus Arbogast, where three generations of our family now live. We didn’t forget to add two large apartments for self-catering guests.

During the planning stage, we asked our parents what they wished for in their new home. Mum just said: “As much wood panelling as possible.” For Dad, it was crystal clear: “A tiled stove is a must.” We gladly granted both of them their wishes.

The existing garage was expanded and now forms a link connecting old and new with an open wooden facade. The exposed concrete hallway is the vertical connection between the apartments and is also home to our family portrait. The first floor consists of the so-called Stone House as a base level, with a grey plaster facade, white walls and furniture. Above sits the wooden house with horizontal spruce planking outside and silver fir panelling inside.