This new tourist centre in Schruns presents itself as closely bound up with nature, yet as noble and functional as a patrician house. Stone dominates here, in contrast to the ­lower-lying Bregenz Forest area with its long tradition of timber construction.

Layers of pale grey Calanca gneiss and dark grey Maggia gneiss alternate, lending the rubble walling, with brown and white stone, a lively appearance. Exposed concrete lintels that seem to hover above the rectangular window ­openings heighten this effect and make it evident that the load-­bearing sections of the outer wall are actually concealed.