Breitenwang Community Center

Breitenwang Community Center

Barbist Architektur

In the Austrian municipality of Breitenwang, in North Tyrol, a new community center was inaugurated in July 2010. The client was a bank, and the municipality will be renting the building for the foreseeable future, unite all relevant local institutions under one roof. The residents will benefit the most from this arrangement because they will no longer have to travel difficult roads between the town office, library, and doctor’s practices. All these institutions are now centrally located in Breitenwang in a beautiful new building which also houses apartments.

BS 100 Solar Shading - Community centre Breitenwang Community Center located in Breitenwang, Austria

A single control system enables both automatic and manual operation of the louvers, allowing optimum comfort at the individual workplaces

Against the impressive backdrop of the Alps, the community center, designed by Barbist Architektur, also offers a public space, which does not compete with the traditional town center around the church. Rather, it supplements the community by creating a secular town center, offering Breitenwang a generously dimensioned, multi-use open space. Wood, stone, and window slats in the colors of the municipal coat of arms connect the building to the alpine location and the topography of Breitenwang. What is remarkable is the energetic conception of the building, which offers the employees an uncommon form of comfort - particularly on the ground floor. The transparency of the ground floor does not necessitate cold window areas or sun-heated interiors. Triple glazing keeps the interior surface of the glass from feeling cold – it’s almost room temperature. A total of 54 vertically placed louvers made of powder-coated aluminum in front of the façade ensure that the interior space is comfortable. Measuring 9 ft high and 70 cm wide with a biconvex shape, these louvers (Reynaers Brise Soleil 100) were made to the architect’s specifications. Sun protection, antiglare protection, daylight redirection, and burglary protection: the louvers fulfill many functions. It is worth mentioning that both automatic and manual operation can be achieved through a single control system, allowing the comfort level at the individual workplaces to be optimized. At any season or time of day regardless of the weather, the system ensures the optimum values for heat regulation, shade, angle of light, and degree of light. The twelve motors do more than just adjust the louvers. According to the sun's position, they position them so that the heat and light conditions in the interior are optimal. Every change in the exterior weather conditions is picked up by a weather sensor. Based on its information, the software automatically adjusts the louvers to the best position. The municipal employees appreciate the comfort this offers, especially because they can always change the louvers' positions using manual controls. After one hour, the automatic controls are reactivated. During the weekend, the façade is completely closed off, which also benefits security. The ability to redirect daylight significantly contributes to the comfortable atmosphere in the offices and semi-public spaces.

Evening view of the public zone

A high-tech construction, primarily motivated by energy issues – including heat recovery and ventilation – is often assumed to be unable to ensure sufficient comfort in the interior. In Breitenwang, the contrary is proven. The employees are the beneficiaries of the ‘worry-free package’ offered by the automatic control of the system of louvers and their integration into the ventilation and heating systems. Furthermore, the entire Brise Soleil-concept – from the planning and fabrication to the mounting of the louvers – was carried out by Reynaers Aluminium, offering the convenience of one supplier for all services.

Vertical section

Project solution



  • 54 x BS 100 biconvex vertical louvres
  • Width: 27 inches
  • Height: 9 feet
  • Thickness: 3 inches
  • 3 different shades of green


  • 12 motors
  • Fully automated system with seasonal steering and connected to the building management system
  • Manual or automatic control via touch panel (with distance control)


  • Sun-, glare- and daylight protection
  • Estimated energy-savings of 30%
Reynaers AG
Barbist Architektur
Breitenwang, Austria
Barbist Architektur
Other partners: 
Raiffeisenbank Reutte (Investors) Barbist Architektur (General contractors)
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Project solutions: 
BS 100 bespoke solution