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New office building, Traun, Austria

Modern, functional, and energy-efficient — a winning combination

In 1966, the aspiring window brand Internorm established the Traun site as a plant for producing PVC windows — today, Traun is the location of the company headquarters as well as the production of special UPVC and aluminium elements. The existing buildings from the 1970s and 1980s have now been connected by a new, modern building. Even from the outside the sculptural building is a business card for the company, as the entire window, façade and sun protection technology is from Internorm and affiliated companies from the IFN network. On the inside, the open, light-flooded and energy-conscious architecture represents and supports the corporate culture.

The aim of the new building is to create a new, harmonious overall image. Isa Stein, proprietor of the ISA STEIN studio for art and architecture in Linz has achieved this with a sculptural roof shape and by shifting the storeys. The existing four-storey and three-storey buildings are thus merged. At the same time, the offset in the new building breaks up the overall length of the structure. Inside the building, structures that are open and flooded with light create a pleasing atmosphere and allow a wide range of interactive methods of working. The office floors in the new building have open areas in the centre that have been created as areas for meeting and exchanging ideas. The first floor has been designed as a meeting level — in total there are nine meeting rooms in different sizes and combination options. On the ground floor we find the multi-functional reception area and a new canteen with a cafeteria and an outside area.

Energy efficiency was one of the top priorities for the entire new building project. For example, by making use of the concrete core, the new building can be heated and cooled using groundwater. Only products from the IFN group were installed in the new building. During the renovation of the existing building, high thermal insulation window systems with triple glazing insulating glass and SOLAR+ coating were used to increase the solar energy input, along with the built-in I-tec Ventilation with a heat exchanger. These features make a valuable contribution to energy efficiency. The Venetian blinds with daylight deflection also ensure effective and cost-saving cooling. Overall, the new building meets the passive house standard.

Property brief:

Architects: Kunst- und Architekturstudio ISA STEIN

Property type: New build and renovation

Use: Office building

Year of construction: 2012/2013