The outdoor sport destination Innsbruck is nestled between high mountains, leaving little space for the Tyrolean capital to expand.
Cooperation with Build-in-Wood
The city of Innsbruck is officially one of six Early Adopter Cities of the Build-in-Wood project.
To this point, Innsbruck signed the letter of commitment, participated in the Welcome Webinar and provided critical information on the status of timber as a building material, related projects and challenges to be addressed.
Innsbruck's first workshop took place in October 2020 and was well-received by ~20 stakeholders.
compact, high-density urban area with little undeveloped land
valley-location constrained by mountainous landscape
Traditional / outdated perception of timber as material for "wood cabins" not urban housing
Densification, adding new stories on existing buildings,
Simplification of legislation and building codes (fire, acoustics)
Implementation of timber-positive tendering in public sector
1. workshop completed
Key Build-in-Wood Partner
rtd Services OG
Urban Planning Agency
The first signs of human settlement date back to the early Stone Age and since then Innsbruck has been continuously populated. The city’s name translates as “Bridge over the River Inn” and was first given in the 12th century. Three centuries later, Emperor Maximilian made Innsbruck his imperial residence and thereby raised the city to European relevance.
Surrounded by mountains of over 2.000m, Innsbruck hosted the Olympic winter games twice, in 1964 and 1976.
Nowadays, the Tyrolean capital is the 5th largest city in Austria (~130.000 inhabitants) and is a thriving holiday location and student city.
Past and present
Innsbruck and wood
As Tyrol is vastly covered with forest areas (41% of the state’s surface), there is a strong tradition of building with wood. Especially in surrounding mountain villages, wood is the prevailing building material. Because of the long building tradition and passed-on expertise over generations, the local timber industry performs to exceptionally high quality standards. Most of the businesses are family-led and reach from global players to one-man-shows.
Even though new materials have their share, around 30% of all built volume (above ground) in Tyrol today is wooden. With this percentage, Tyrol is well above the Austrian average.
While the state of Tyrol is strong in low-rise timber construction, there is a huge potential for taller constructions to claim their part.