Gasthaus Adler, Schwarzenberg
Gasthaus Adler, Schwarzenberg

Project Information


Heidi und Engelbert Kaufmann



Project facts 510,00 m², GFA 610,00 m²,
GBV 1.400,00 m³

Text Hermann Kaufmann + Partner ZT GmbH,
Translation Bronwen Rolls

Photo Ignacio Martinez

Project Stakeholders
  • Structural Engineering
    DI Ingo Gehrer, Höchst
  • Heating Ventilation and Sanitary Planning
    Ing. Hans Tschernig, Rankweil

Gasthaus Adler, Schwarzenberg

The renovation of a traditional guest house revitalise a village square.

In the centre of Schwarzenberg a cluster of traditional buildings form a typical Bregenzewald village square, including the guesthouses Schäfle, Ochsen, Hirchen and Adler. The Gasthaus Adler was built in 1756 then rebuilt in 1865. In the 60s and 70s the hotel and restaurant underwent constant renovation and a lot of this work subsequently deteriorated. In 1990 the new owner came in and, apart from the old restaurant on the southeast corner, there was nothing left which had to be preserved. This made it possible to give the building a new, independent character both in the layout organisation and in the interior design.

On the ground floor, the existing aisle was taken back all the way to the rear and from this the individual rooms were developed. In the central area the hallway is separated only by a glass wall, expanded and opened to the guest garden. The individual dining rooms were either returned to their historical state or decorated in a simple waxed timber finish. The objective was to make modern statement with the traditional craft methods, without losing the atmosphere of an old inn. During the exterior renovations a painted “knitted facade” was discovered and was restored in cooperation with the Federal Monuments Office of Austria. Likewise, the windows were restored to their original state (box window with sliders). Schwarzenberg is now enriched by a historic attraction that has revitalisation the village square.

Project Details


  • Fünf touristische Gegenwartsarchitekturen aus Vorarlberg
    ZN Z-072, Walter Chramosta, Gastlich Bauen
  • Umbau eines Gasthofs
    ZN Z-042, Baumeister, 04/1996
  • Vom Umgang mit elementaren Dingen
    ZN Z-136, Renate Breuß, Zuschnitt, 05/2002, S. 26