Explore Ingenious Wood Design
The Werkraum Bregenzerwald is the meeting point of an innovative, design-oriented group of craftspeople. It is also a place to showcase the local crafts and design culture.
The city of Bregenz and the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg are a stellar cultural region without parallel. The reason? Nature is the source of inspiration for noteworthy art and culture. It has been for centuries.
Bregenz is a cultural city on the banks of Lake Constance and located in an international region that comprises parts of Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. The vastness of the lake and the surrounding mountains shape the life in Vorarlberg’s capital city, which stands out with a refreshing, international array of cultural offerings.
30 minutes southeast, in the 23 villages comprising the Bregenzerwald region, this special relationship between art and nature is apparent again. Here, locals have always lived in harmony with the Alpine landscape and it is part of their philosophy to look after and respect what mother nature has to give. They are confident and independent people, proud of their roots yet open for change. The creative results are quite something to behold.
In the Bregenzerwald, everyone agrees: Wood can make dreams come true. Traditional crafts here developed in such a way as to leave plenty of room for creativity when it comes to designing living spaces. Architects, craftsmen and builders get both inspiration and materials directly from nature. And they prefer to work with local resources, that is, with wood that you could hug when it was still growing.
How do the Bregenzerwald locals today embrace this building tradition? We asked Georg Bechter, architect and light-designer from Hittisau, and gained fascinating insights into this special form of art.
„Crafts are our lifeblood: We have crafts in our thoughts, in our talented, practiced hands. Most importantly: We embraced crafts in our hearts.”
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„The people of the Bregenzerwald are at once very traditional and very progressive. I knew that I would encounter progress here, but they keep surprising me time and again.“
„Local tree varieties flourish in the Bregenzerwald to the extent that one has to do very little to help. We only have to take care not to mess up. Then nature helps us and we help nature.“