Wood Hybrid for Living and Learning
The Agricultural Centre in St. Gallen is a milestone in successful architecture and sustainability: the wood-hybrid building uses the material characteristics of concrete as well as hardwood and coniferous softwood in their specific applications. Natural lighting and ventilation, woodchip heating, power from the building’s own photovoltaic system and constructive wood and sun protection round out this holistic, low-tech concept.
The new building for the Agricultural Centre, designed by architect Andy Senn to stand on the Rhine alluvial plain in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, extends before an imposing Alpine backdrop. The long, L-shaped building erected using wood-hybrid techniques is situated on the outskirts of the village of Salez, where it brings together classrooms, a seminar centre and overnight accommodations for guests. It joins onto an existing factory workshop to create a spacious new courtyard.
Client: Hochbauamt Kanton St. Gallen (CH)
Architects: Andy Senn Architekt, St. Gallen (CH)
Structural engineering: merz kley partner AG, Altenrhein (CH)
Location: Rheinhofstrasse 11, 9465 Salez (CH)