Propstei St. Gerold – Haupthaus Sanierung, St. Gerold
Eine erhabene Konstruktion mit einer giebelartigen Form, die zugleich als Stahlträger dient,
verkörpert die harmonische Verschmelzung von Architektur und Ingenieurskunst.
installation: Schlosserei Kalb
material: steel rough, oiled
Ancient timber still stands proud.
The restoration work continues with great care and skill at Propstei St. Gerold in the main building.
Now, it’s the time for more of the many roofs to be erected and made sound. The west roof has come to life piece by piece. The new timber system has been carefully put into place while elegant dormer windows with copper cladding stand out.
The original beams, with their ancient, hand made markings stand in their exact place as they have done for centuries. They note the time passed and the care taken to select, craft and install them.
The preservation of these old beam timbers marks the coming and going of time as they are now encased in the new timber structure, held in place to support the new roof via a sturdy steel support system. The ancient and the new sit together here as they do throughout this project.
Another page in the history book of St Gerold is complete, and the next page and chapters are ready to begin. Next it is the roof of the east wing.
Ultra-modern manufacturing meets traditional carpentry
For a renaissance room, in the main building of the Propstei St. Gerold, the team – consisting of Christoph Dünser, Saskia Weber and Dominic Wild – is working on a new covering for the radiators. Using the in-house laser cutter, the first prototypes have already been produced from wood.
The manufacturing is done by Markus Palzenberger. His innovative laser cutters are able to create a precise design by selectively burning into the surface of the 20mm thick panels exactly.
Afterwards, restorer Edgar Waldner will apply a suitable varnish to the panelling and expertly install it to ensure a perfect match with the existing building.
3-layer panel in solid ash with a thickness of 20 mm
Frick Burtscher Holz mit Technik GmbH, Dornbirn
By using specially selected ash with a fine grain and rift/semi rift annual rings, the 3-layer panel is produced with increased gluing accuracy. After laser cutting, the panel is finished with a head sanding process to remove the singed surface and slightly frayed edges.
A Provostry has stood here in St Gerold since the 13th century.
It has seen the world change and develop around it.
Today we are honoured to be part of the next step in the evolution of this pillar of the community it serves.
This is the first phase, the reconstruction of the roof trusses. We are using the latest Cross Laminate timber materials to give this building a new future.
Watch phase 1 unfold in this short film. This is just the initial works, many more phases will also be documented for you to enjoy.