413 GC Mühlviertel St. Oswald-Freistadt [0]

THE NINETEENTH CAVE – The new centre of the golf course is half above and half inside the earth – a club house, designed by brave architects, without beginning or end.


(from GR 1/2004)

Just imagine, a fairy-tale giant hacks a giant divot out of the soil with its huge pitching wedge. One with knife-sharp edges, which leaves a deep wound in the soil, and provides insight into the structure of the earthy crust. On the very top – green fluff. Then the fertile brown humus comes. Finally, you go deeper level by level – not just interesting for those, who can read these lines. A nineteenth hole in the form of a habitable divot: That is the idea behind this building, DI Max Nirnberger says, member of the group of architects “x-architects” and their spokesman for the project of the club house of GC St. Oswald/Freistadt. From bird’s perspective, the building resembles an over dimensioned triangle or also a radical version of a trilateral mansion of Mühlviertel, a design without beginning or end, open to all sides.

The sides of the triangle dive into the slope before they get too close to each other. The flat roof is greened and will get a putting Green later on as well as a fantastic tee for the first hole. A seam-like crown follows, the humus, during framing protected by blue plastic foil, later on revetted with brown wooden panels. The walls are made of glass, wherever see-through possibilities are wanted and lamellae like revetted brickwork, grey wood, which are the earthy levels. All in all forms, how they find their pendant at golf courses – in bunker landscapes and fairway hills, says Nirnberger, and this is why this house became landscape. And a self confident new project without resemblance to past: there is no such thing as contemporary golf club house architecture – just more or less successfully built club houses. Some are better, some worse renovated buildings. Others again remind of tarts with sugar tops. In Ireland or the British Islands they are orientated optically on jetties or unsocial housing.

Off the stomach of architects
Before the creative act of the “x-architects” there existed an idea in St. Oswald: The golf club wanted a special club house, in order to position itself with a big bang in the Austrian golf scene, after the extension from nine to eighteen holes. Firstly they were thinking about the house, which was used as the “Austrian House” at the skiing world championship in 2001 (seems logical; Hans Pum, ÖSV-Alpine-Chef is club member). But the transport would have been too expensive. Pum stayed hard lined: He initiated an architectural competition, for which he lured two partners. On the one hand he had the University of Art in Linz, who already did some research in the area of solar architecture, intelligent domestic engineering and integration of buildings into landscape and culture of rural areas. On the other hand he had his friend Leo Windtner, Chairman of the Energie AG and sports supporter, who was looking for a reference project for low energy building anyway.

Members of the jury were next to experts also Pum, the mayor of St. Oswald Siegbert Eder and Karl Haider, publican in St. Oswald and one of the foundation members of the club. Everybody was excited about the result, club president Helmut Czekal says, who is local medical doctor at Lasberg. The x-architects not only won because of the forms of their sketches, but as well because of the highly intelligent interior of the object.

A house of the future
Max Nirnberger takes over the tour. First, past the secretary including Pro-Shop. Straight on towards the changing rooms. To the left, the restaurant with meeting rooms, bar and the actual restaurant area. On one side you have a view outside over the golf course, on the other is the guest garden, at the inside of the triangle. Behind the bar, the kitchen is located and now Nirnberger takes a special deep breath of air: the project “19th hole” has a passive-energy-house concept. Energy is collected from the sun and the kitchen, which delivers its energy in the way of waste heat during cooking times. Every “Schnitzel” and every soup helps: Waste heat heats up the building via a complex airing system including heat exchanger and an under floor heating after the old roman hypocausten principle.

If there are ordered too few “Schnitzel”, an into the heat circulation integrated electrical heating cartridge starts off. The whole installation is permanently monitored by sensors placed everywhere in the building: At an openly accessible video station opposite of the Pro-Shop, everybody who is interested can check the actual energy status of the house at any time. The concept of the club house in St. Oswald is so smart, that the Energie AG couldn’t have found a better habitable object of research than their actual “house of the future”. But: The way, the group of architects were planning the building, it could not be realised. Before the start of construction they had to lower their sight.


Inside like outside
Firstly, the 19th hole was shrunk (just to enlarge it later on again). Then, one thing or the other was in the way of someone or another (for example the pond at the inner court yard). Or, they had to use different materials, on one side, because of statically reasons (concrete instead of wood, because the garden on the roof got too heavy), on the other side because of financial reasons (the crown revetted with CORTEN-steel was too much for the men in charge of the club, so instead it is made of wooden panels) but the principle didn’t change, Nirnberger is excited.

StOswaldNEU3A building like this is alive. No one of the x-architects is surprised, that the really hard work just starts after the won competition – the compromise as far as materials is concerned – concrete instead of wood or wood instead of glass/steel. At the end, the successful urge of the x-architects to get the order for the interior design, because a wrong interior furnishing would have killed all other forms inside. Nirnberger doesn’t even want to think about it. Everybody is excited about the official opening of the club house and the extended course, which is planned for the beginning of June. Then, GC St. Oswald has a special treat in hand: On there roof there will be a super-tee installed, of which golf-experts will play onto the first fairway across the parking lot. Club president Czekal called it off already, because: “I would definitely damage a car from over there”.

Am Golfplatz 1, 4271 St. Oswald
+43 7945/79 38
+43 7945/79 38-4
Wolfgang Resch
Hannes Pachler, Karl haider
18 Loch
4945 m bis 5741 m
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Ulrich Wölbitsch


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Datenstand: 2016-05-17

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