TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI | PHOTO © KORNER
Vienna-based falkeis architects has created highly efficient, innovative buildings ever since they started out three decades ago. Their exhibition Active Buildings – Innovation for Architecture in Motion has by now reached international recognition, and was recently visited by 3,500 visitors in Berlin alone.
Profound experience and a keen interest in the nature of urban change mark the work of the two architects Anton Falkeis & Cornelia Falkeis-Senn. “Applied trans-disciplinary research is the foundation for our work,” states architect and co-founder Anton Falkeis. The office focuses on building-integrated energy production and sustainable structures as well as the social impact of technological innovation on urban life.
falkeis architects was founded in Vienna in 1988 and today consists of the main office and the two branches falkeis|architects.vaduz and falkeis2architects.building innovation lab. Broadly published and exhibited worldwide, falkeis’ realisations include such groundbreaking projects as the Active Energy Building in Vaduz; an energy-autonomous structure that actually produces more energy than it consumes. Aiming towards a contribution to improving urban living conditions, it provides highly adaptable spatial capacities while also exclusively using renewable energy. The innovative, building-integrated energy production system was developed by falkeis architects and the Vaduz project now forms the prototype for a new independent building design.
Always interested in new solutions, falkeis architects covers a broad creative spectrum from large-scale urban architecture to art projects through to object design. The Curhaus St. Stephan, the Austria Abroad exhibition at the Austrian Parliament, the Museum and Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance as well as the virtual concert hall of the Mauthausen Memorial are just some of their equally innovative, manifold Vienna-based projects. Cornelia Falkeis-Senn explains: “Our clients are either individuals or corporations with a high interest in innovation and a curiosity for exploring new approaches in architecture to improve our living conditions.”
For the near future, falkeis architects will continue on their path with designing more self-sustainable ‘Active Buildings’ and will also busy themselves with the next venues for their travelling exhibition Active Buildings-Innovation for Architecture in Motion. Apart from the recent success in Berlin (Aedes Architecture Forum), the exhibition has so far been shown in New York (ACFNY), Los Angeles (A+D Museum) and Vienna (MAK-Museum).