Satellite Beach


livable living
also in the context of: enabling community
reinforced concrete skeleton, prefabricated light-weight external walls, glass facade, low energy house, roof-terraces


04 James Morris

“Strandsatelliten” or “Satellite beach” is located on the banks of river Inn, quite near to the city centre of Innsbruck. It is a subsidized residential building complex consisting of 3 separate buildings with 6 storeys each. All together there are 120 apartments with a size of 60-100 m²; all of them have either a coloured glassed balcony/terrace or a private garden.

The construction is a reinforced concrete skeleton construction with prefabricated units. The facade is glazed in many parts, so the houses and apartments are light and friendly inside. On all three buildings are roof terraces that offer a breathtaking view on the surrounding mountains.


Category Housing
City Innsbruck
Commissioner Neue Heimat Tirol NHT
Period 1999–2002
Type competition, 1st prize
Status built

structural analysis: DI Mac Wallnöfer
building physics: DI Peter Fiby
installations engineering: Klimatherm GmbH


site: 4.988m²
gross floor area: 11.600m²
net floor area: 9.300m²
3 building units 6 floors with each 8 living units

Copyright driendl*architects ZT GmbH
Images James Morris


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