The architects Patrik Pedó and Juri Pobitzer have been working together since their architecture study at the University of Innsbruck. In 2003 they founded their studion monovolume in Bozen / Italy.
This year they finished a hydroelectric power station, located near Winnebach brook in Dörfl (BZ) – a polygonal monolith whose design lives up to the studio’s name.
Her is what the architects say:
“The station is conceived as an artificial rock quarried out of the slope. This sensation is underlined by a very reduced use of materials (concrete, glass and steel) in their rougher form, as well as by the “veins” which cross the volume. These “veins” consist of light bands of layered glass and run around the building. At some specific points of those light bands a normal single glass delivers insight to the power station’s bowels.”
“The main building material is watertight concrete, which was pigmented with white mortar and aftertreated with hydraulic jet in order to acheive a raw appearance.
The building has two storeys — a ground floor and a basement. The basement shelters the generating set, the distributing unit and the wire room, control tank as well as a storage room. The generating set room extends to the whole building height and is accessible by ground floor. The ground floor itself contains the space for the utility companies and the control room of the power station.”