Kindergarten Wals-Grünau/

Dunkelschwarz Zt GmbH

Hannes Sampl

Erhard Steiner

Michael Höcketstaller


Project Details



Wals-Siezenheim, Grünau / Austria



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2020

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 867 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • The use of wood as one of the main building material reduces the environmental impact and carbon emissions of the building.
  • Extensive window areas are designed to receive natural light to the full depth of the rooms, reducing the need for artificial light.

Project description as provided by the Architects:

The four-group kindergarten Wals-Grünau built in 1994 was expanded in 2020 to include four more groups,  including exercise rooms, as an elongated two-storey building.

The existing structure sitting on the edge of the slope continues to handle the address and access  situation to the now eight-group kindergarten.

The new building continues the type, scale and stories of the existing building and forms an angular  overall figure with it. The “joint” between old and new functions as a transparent, cross-storey  communication zone and provides access to the large, existing garden with its beautiful trees. All  group and exercise rooms are oriented towards this high-quality open space with a terrace and  balcony zone in front. Views in, out and through ensure natural light from several sides and a  differentiated spatial experience.

The extension was implemented as a solid wood construction, with particular attention being paid to  the children’s scale in the construction and room configuration.

Architects: Dunkelschwarz ZT GMBH, Arch Di Hannes Sampl, Erhard Steiner, Michael Hocketstaller

Photos: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

Construction supervision: Sabag GMBH

Construction company: Innova Holz. Bauunternehmun

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