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Top 3 Austrian Architects

Form and sensibility The designs of CUKROWICZ NACHBAUR ARCHITEKTEN are characterised by their objective of exploring the relationship between order, structure and natural beauty. By drawing influences from their immediate environment, using existing materials, modern structures and resources, the firm’s creative work has set a new benchmark for Austrian architecture. It is an interpretation of Austrian building traditions in a modern context, one that always draws on all senses. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE | PHOTOS: CUKROWICZ NACHBAUR ARCHITEKTEN

To build, to think, to sense, and to live are the maxims of their creative work.To install order in a perceived natural chaos and to enhance existing structures, CUKROWICZ NACHBAUR represent a new generation of Austrian architects. In its essence, their homogenised architecture is stylistic yet natural, sustainable and integrative. “The reduction, the peace that we seek, the concentration on individual and specific topics, all of this can create sensuality. This

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sensuality is neither a single point nor can it be reduced to a material alone. It always comes with the entirety,” states CUKROWICZ NACHBAUR. Building on a history of success The firm is led by Andreas Cukrowicz and Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, who returned to their nativeVorarlberg, Austria, after studying architecture at the Technical University ofVienna and the University of Fine Arts in Vienna, and working on several creative

projects. It was in Vorarlberg that CUKROWICZ NACHBAUR was founded in 1992. After launching their careers more than 20 years ago, both partners have successfully established their architecture firm as one of the most advanced and integrated design firms in Austria, southern Germany and Switzerland. In fact, their creative work and organic approach have been widely recognised and applauded. Andreas Cukrowicz explains: “Our potential is that we find a coherent, self-evident and adequate solution for each task and generate additional added value. We place emphasis on moods, atmospheres and materialisations, to appeal to all senses. We mostly use natural, sustainable materials and work environmentally and economically.”