The Rapoldi park in the Austrian city of Innsbruck used to be a rough area mainly frequented by skateboarders. Since autumn 2015, children and young people aged 4 to 19 have been able to develop their artistic skills in the Bilding pavilion, designed and constructed by architecture students from Studio3 Institute for Experimental Architecture at the city’s university. The initiative comes from a group of socially committed architects and the plot has been provided by the city.
The building is made from crosslam on a concrete foundation. On the outside, the façade is covered in a white plastic material that forms a protective shell. Large expanses of glass ensure that enough daylight reaches the people who are taking part in the building’s activities: sculpture and painting workshops, courses in architecture and fashion design, and so on. The interior joinery is made from untreated Austrian spruce. 27 students and a number of supervisors in the form of structural engineers and architects took part in the build, which took five months.