Prize of the Province of Tyrol for Heinfels Castle


We are happy with architect Gerhard Mitterberger about the "Award of the Province of Tyrol for New Building 2022"! The prize was awarded during a ceremony at the Tyrolean Architecture Center "aut.architektur und tirol" on November 10 in Innsbruck.

From the 76 projects submitted, the jury - Sonja Gasparin (Gasparin & Meier Architekten, Finkenstein am Faaker See, A), Florian Nagler (architect and professor at TU Munich, D), Armando Ruinelli (architect, Soglio, CH) - spent two intensive days in July viewing a short list of buildings and decided on 16 nominations. Four awards and four recognitions were given to buildings that meet the criterion of a particularly exemplary engagement with the architectural challenges of our time, both in terms of aesthetics and innovation. The jury also gave an honorable mention this year. The ongoing exhibition "Neues Bauen 2022 in Tirol" at aut.architektur und tirol shows all submitted and awarded projects.

Excerpt from the jury text by Florian Nagler:
"With the highest differentiation in detail, an ensemble of convincing, unified power was created, old and new spaces of haunting atmospheric quality were created, and also "quite incidentally" a museum that conveys its contents unobtrusively and thus all the more effectively."



Walter Hauser (BDA), Gerhard Mitterberger (Architect), Sonja Gasparin (Jury Speaker), Melanie Wiener (Province of Tyrol), Peter Leiter (Museum Association), Andreas Burger, Bernhard Origer, Ulrich Zuenelli (Loacker), Gabi Rath (Agentur Rath&Winkler), Wolfgang v. Klebelsberg (Architect for historic preservation)

Photo © Nina Hütter, aut

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It was a special day for the "Queen of the Puster Valley": On the 12th of July the guardian angel bell was cast in the bell foundry Grassmayr in Innsbruck. This is a continuation of the old tradition of bells in the castle.

During the restoration work, a special red chalk drawing from the early 16th century was uncovered. But this is not the only discovery!

Heinfels Castle’s main redevelopment should be complete and open once again to the general public within five years. An ambitious goal if you were to take a peek inside the imposing castle, as the last centuries haven’t been kind to the halls and chambers, leaving them to dilapidate.

On 16 November 2015, the concept regarding the future use of Heinfels Castle was presented to the district councils of the Tyrolean Oberland. If everything goes according o plan, the main redevelopment can take place during summer 2016.

The Südtiroler Burgeninstitut (the South Tyrolean Castle Institute) invited Management of the Museumsverein and the Steering Group to visit a number of castles in and around South Tyrol on 14 July 2015.

On 2 June 2015, the members of the ‘New Uses’ and ‘Redevelopment and Maintenance’ groups were met by gorgeous weather as they set out to visit the border fortress of Altfinstermünz in Nauders at the foot of the Finstermünzpass.