Hermann Kaufmann + Partner ZT GmbH

Hermann Kaufmann + Partner ZT GmbH


Office is an integral part of the famous Vorarlberg architectural scene and we are hugely influenced by the regions heritage of craftsmanship. The verity of our projects is what makes us distinctive. For us, architecture means the search for the context: creating references to the location, connections to the natural environment, neighbouring buildings and the community as a whole.
We use, and incorporate, a modern and progressive design language. Architecture, however, is not just the search for structural expression; it is the result of an in-depth discussion about the diversity of parameters and finding a balanced within them combined with the architectural joy of the new.
We specialise in two key areas; sustainable construction, in its broadest sense, and modern timber construction. Due to our in-depth and extensive experience with organic construction materials, we are able to break boundaries. The advantages of wood and its ecological qualities are undeniable. This locally abundant building material offers the opportunity for an alternative and creates dynamic construction process. It is also widely regarded as an important alternative to conventional materials for our living and working environments. Sustainable construction is a lot more than just low-energy and passive house concepts. For us, sustainability means taking every aspect into account; the constructional quality, the life cycle and most importantly, the ecology. With our intelligent concepts, we want to create durable and versatile structures.
In 1983 Hermann Kaufmann opened the architectural office in Schwarzach. His determination to work, skilled craftsmanship and a solid education were the basis for the successful start. The one-man operation, in the office with Christian Lenz, has grown to today's office of 21 employees. The number and variety of projects complete by the team to date are vast. Wood construction plays a major role in the offices portfolio as almost 80% of all buildings to date are purely wooden or hybrids.
We offer a complete service to our clients. From design to detail planning and site management, everything can be executed by our team of experts. This integrated approach makes projects, and their processes, less complicated for our clients. Special attention has been given to budget planning, which means that this important service can be competently delivered, as can the general planning activity, which is increasingly required.

Hermann Kaufmann was born in 1955 in Reuthe, Bregenzerwald (Austria) and comes from a family with a long tradition in the carpentry business. At that time it was a matter of course to help in the parental business where he got to know great directly the possibilities and the fascination of the building material wood but also the way of technical thinking what moulded essentially his work as an architect. The decision to study architecture was also influenced by his uncle Leopold Kaufmann, outrider in wood constructions and protagonist of the architectural development in Vorarlberg, under whom he learned as intern the hand tools of an architect. He graduated his studies at the Technical University in Innsbruck and the Technical University in Vienna, where he was essentially shaped by his teacher Professor Ernst Hiesmayr. After two years of practice, 1983 he founded his own architectural office consortium with Christian Lenz in Schwarzach.

His attitude as an architect is influenced by the ideas of the classical modernism as well as by the debate on the context. Central theme of his work is the search of comprehensive answers to sustainability of building and sounding the possibilities of modern wood constructions.

Numerous halls for carpentries and other businesses attest to his purposeful design concepts for wooden structures which are architecturally elaborated also effective for community halls. Beside numerous single-family houses the project list is completed by cautious renewals of old building substances in sensitive village contexts which prove his fine sense in handling with existing architectural culture and landscape. Housing constructions developed to a main task especially in connection with wood and questions of energy as well as school buildings and public buildings.

He started his teaching activity as guest lecturer at the Liechtenstein School of Engineering and as visiting professor at the Graz Technical University and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2002 he has been a professor of architecture, with a specialisation in timber and laminated wood constructions, at the Munich Technical University.

Award / projectYear
Constructive Alps, Nominierung / Ellenbogen „Haus mitanand“2019
Werkbund-Label, Preis / Transfer Wohnraum Vorarlberg Blattur2018
Constructive Alps, Nominierung / Ellenbogen „Haus mitanand“2018
thomaswechspreis, Anerkennung / Schmuttertal Gymnasium, Diedorf2018
Deutscher Architekturpreis, 1. Preis / Schmuttertal Gymnasium, Diedorf, Deutscher Architekturpreis2017
Deutscher Holzbau Preis, Preis / Schmuttertal Gymnasium, Diedorf2017
Constructive Alps, Anerkennungspreis – Sanierung / Propstei St. Gerold – Herberge, St. Gerold2017
Europäischer Architekturpreis Energie + Architektur, Auszeichnung / IZM – Illwerke Zentrum Montafon, Vandans2015
Constructive Alps, Preis / Pfarrhaus, Krumbach2015
wienwood 15, Auszeichnung / Mühlweg, Wien2015
KYOCERA-Umweltpreis für nachhaltige Projekte und Technologien / LCT ONE – LifeCycle Tower, Dornbirn2015
Schweighofer Innovationspreis, Innovationspreis / LCT ONE – LifeCycle Tower, Dornbirn2015
Constructive Alps, Commendation Award / LCT ONE – LifeCycle Tower, Dornbirn2015
International Prize for Sustainable Architecture, Goldmedaille / Stallinger, St. Georgen im Attergau2011
Staatspreis Architektur – Industrie und Gewerbe, Auszeichnung / Holzbau Sohm, Alberschwende
Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award / Auszeichnung Hermann Kaufmann
Holzbaupreis Vorarlberg, Auszeichnung / Olpererhütte, Ginzling
Holzbaupreis Vorarlberg, Auszeichnung / Stallinger, St. Georgen im Attergau
best architects 09, Auszeichnung / Olpererhütte, Ginzling
Balthasar Neumann Preis, Anerkennung / Gemeindezentrum, Ludesch
best architects 08, Auszeichnung / Mühlweg, Wien
Global Award for sustainable architecture 2007, Preisträger
Staatspreis für Architektur und Nachhaltigkeit – BM für Land und Forstwirtschaft / Gemeindezentrum, Ludesch
Preis für Neues Bauen in den Alpen / Biomasseheizwerk, Lech
Holzbaupreis Vorarlberg / Heimatmuseum, Alberschwende
LCT One, DornbirnTall Wood Buildings
Brock CommonsTall Wood Buildings
Konsum-Hus Bizau – den Konsum im Dorf lassenLeben & Wohnen2020
Schmuttertal Upper Secondary SchoolPUU Wood2020
Schmuttertal GymnasiumBIO Architettura 2020
SWG – Schlankes XXL-Dachtragwerk aus BauBucheKonstruktiver Ingenieurbau2020
Katholisches KompetenzzentrumArchitekturNews2020
SWG – Halle mit SignalwirkungMikado2020
SWG – Verbindungen mit TragweiteDie Zimmerin2020
Building with wood – Path to the future I BerlinMartin-Gropius-Bau2017
BUS:STOP Krumbach
WOODBOXproHolz Austria2017
Hermann Kaufmann WOOD WORKSThe School of Wood and Design in Garmisch-Partenkirchen20111
Building with wood – A path to the futureArchitecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich2012
Hermann Kaufmann WOOD WORKSArchitekturmuseum Schwaben2009
LectureEvent / organiserYear
Detail Congress2019
Timber Construction Day, Oslo2019
Building with BauBucheInnovation ClusterBuilding with BauBuche
Lectures in Ulm on contemporary timber architectureUlmer Volkshochschule2018
Visions of Sustainable ConstructionThe Freiburg Chamber of Architects and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection2018


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