ISSUE 37  |  Organic Modern

Architect Visit: Bernardo Bader in Austria

September 16, 2011 8:26 PM

BY Lydia Lee

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Spotted on Architizer: Metzgerstüble, a bar and restaurant in the village of Mellau, Austria, designed by local architect Bernardo Bader. He describes the project as "an attempt to develop a contemporary building for guests away from alpine clichés that welcomes both tourists and the residents of Mellau." The long, narrow rectangular structure allows the beauty of the wood exterior and interiors to shine forth and stands in marked contrast to the town's traditional alpine architecture. To see more of the architect's work, go to Architekt DI Bernardo Bader.

Above: The entrance is marked by an alcove that provides shelter in snowy or raining weather.

Above: Locally sourced white fir was used for the exterior as well as interior walls. A long window provides a view of the village and the river.

Above: The bar shelves are set against a wall of windows.

Above: The cafe stands in contrast to the town's traditional Austrian architecture.

Above: Seen from the riverside, the cafe seems to float atop the stone embankment.

Above: The building casts a welcoming glow in the evenings.