Textile School, Dornbirn
Textile School, Dornbirn

Project Information


Stadt Dornbirn und Land Vorarlberg



Project facts
n.b.ar. 1.800,00 m², GFA 2.000,00 m²,
GBV 6.450,00 m³

Text Vai – Vorarlberger Architektur Institut,
Translation Bronwen Rolls

Photo Ignacio Martinez

Project Stakeholders
  • Structural Engineering
    Mader & Flatz Ziviltechniker GmbH, Bregenz
  • Heating Ventilation and Sanitary Planning
    DI Gerhard Monschein, Nenzing
  • Electronics Planning
    Ing. Willi Meusburger, Bezau
  • Building Physics/Acoustics
    DI Dr. Lothar Künz ZT GmbH, Hard
  • Building Physics/Acoustics
    Ing. Karl Brüstle, Dornbirn

Textile School, Dornbirn

Faithful renovation of mid-century architecture creates a new home for two Vorarlberg design institutes. 

The old textile school is considered a typical example of the architecture of the fifties, and one of the best in Vorarlberg from the first half of this century.

Since 1981 the buildings, owned by the federal government, ha been vacant. The idea to revitalise the entire area was developed by the city of Dornbirn, with an aim to give the architecturally sound buildings a new lease of life.

The preservation was possible due to faithful renovations of the valuable building fabric. Wherever new interventions were made, these were implemented in line with the existing material and design language. The University of Applied Sciences enables two new design institutes to take residence there, reflecting the buildings heritage. The Kunstraum Dornbirn and the Vorarlberger Architektur Institute call the textile school, home.

Project Details


  • Vorarlberger Hypo-Bauherrenpreis
  • Menschengerechtes Bauen
  • ZV Bauherrenpreis
  • Röfix Althaussanierung
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
    ZN Z-039, Fachhochschule Vorarlberg, Geschäftsbericht 1999
  • Phoenix aus der Asche
    ZN Z-038, Architektur Aktuell, 234/244, Juli/August 2000, S. 140-149
  • Bauherrenpreis 2002 – Renovierung und Erweiterung der Alten Textilschule
    ZN Z-073, Architektur & Bauforum, Bauherren Preis 2000
  • Bauherrenpreis 2000 – Renovierung und Erweiterung der Alten Textilschule
    ZN Z-064, Architektur & Bauforum Nr. 210 1-2/2001 S. 90-91
  • Umbauen – Fachhochschule Dornbirn
    ZN Z-083, Sabine Schneider, Baumeister, 10/2001, S 54
  • Textilschule Dornbirn
    ZN B-072, Architektur in Österreich im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, S. 139