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Modern Architecture in the Alps

At first it sounds improbable: Vorarlberg - a small, mostly rural state in the middle of the Alps - has become one of Europe's leading regions for modern art and architecture.

Bregenzerwald Architecture © Bregenzerwald Tourismus Christoph Lingg
When it comes to modern design, Vorarlberg is a pioneer in Austria and attracting attention from all over Europe.

If you travel to Vorarlberg these days, you will come across substantially fewer rustic, typically alpine buildings than elsewhere. They blend in perfectly with the surrounding nature – down in the valleys and up the mountains. Design does not follow fashion, but strives for timeless beauty. Buildings fit seamlessly into the landscape and live up to highest aesthetical and ecological standards.

Often made of wood and glass, these mostly bright, lightweight structures are characterised by clear lines and sophisticated simplicity. The magazine “Wallpaper” called Vorarlberg “the most progressive part of the planet when it comes to new architecture”.

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