The Swiss Youth Hostels are thought for quality, social responsablity and ecological tourism for young people and families. Economy, society and ecology are the central idea. The Swiss Youth Hostel in Scuol integrates modern architectural elements in a local tradition of buildings in Engadin. The costs had to be kept low to guarantee the low pricestructure of the Swiss Youth Hostels. Since the beginning there has been a collaboration with the local farmers, who are the owners of the land where the Swiss Youth Hostel stands.
The idea of the project was to maintain the qualities of the existing park and to make it accessible to the future inhabitants and the public. The park that was used for over 80 years by just one family, now gives benefit to the inhabitants of 57 new flats without changing the general character of the place.
Forum Chriesbach provides a working environment that promotes social coherence and scientific interaction. The feeling of openness and transparency in the building is uplifting, contributing to the psychological wellbeing of the occupants. The client, design team, and building users worked together during the design phase to jointly create a building that embodies a futureoriented philosophy shared by all parties. The building supports Eawag's progressive research activities in the service of society. It accommodates research, serves as a test object, and stands as evidence that ambitious objectives can be affordable and feasible.