Nestled high in the Austrian Alps, the ‘Youth Hostel Gerlos’ by Salzburg-based design firm Lechner & Lechner Architects seamlessly blends with its surrounding landscape. Designed as an eco-friendly solution for schools organizing ski trips, the facility hosts various spaces dedicated to sports and leisure activities and forms a large public U-shaped square in the picturesque village of Hochkrimml. Following a mindful design approach, the creative team attends to functionality, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetics through the use of renewable materials throughout the structure.
The Youth Hostel Gerlos, developed by Lechner & Lechner Architects, prioritizes the integration of sustainability, regionalism, and functionality in modern architectural design. The intentional use of sustainable and renewable materials and elements is engaged throughout the construction with the main use of cross-laminated timber as the primary building component.
name: Youth Hostel Gerlos
design team: Christine Lechner, Horst Lechner, Paul Lechner, Lukas Ployer
location: Salzburg Alps, Austria