Youthhostel Gerlos, Krimml

This project aims to make school trips in an ecological environment more affordable. That is why the hotel is built of regional wood which forms a solid wood construction. The hotel is heated by biomass district heating, the journey is mainly by coach and the leftover wood of the cross-laminated timber walls was processed into furniture. The main structure of the hostel is designed as a longitudinal timber structure. The main intention was to create a south-facing U-shaped “village square” between the main building and the street, which functions as a semi-public zone. This square is accompanied by two side wings, which are formed as landscape waves and allow the square to sink into the landscape. When entering the hostel via the village square, you are in the foyer. This is where the vertical development begins with suspended ramps and spacious air holes. This allows visual relationship into the deeper landscape on the other side of the building and to the sport areas inside. A climbing wall goes through this vertical development and starts on the lower levelled sports area.


Lechner & Lechner Architects

Jugendgästehaus Gerlosplatte GmbH

Year of completion

Krimml, Austria

Total area
7.557 m2

Site area
5.281 m2

Julian Hoeck

Project Partners

Mag. Andreas Pflügler GmbH, Golser Technisches Büro Gmbh, Ingenieurbüro Ing. Denis Gappmaier, Bestra GmbH, OPTIPLAN engineering company for technical building equipment and energy industry GmbH, Ehrenreich BaugmbH

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