Griss Equine Veterinary Practice is located in Rankweil, Austria, a small village at the end of the Rhine Valley, in the middle of an expansive lea. Designed by marte.marte architekten, the clear-lined building stands out due to the distinctly brutalist architecture, which appears surreal within its surroundings.
Built out of rough reinforced concrete and untreated wood, the building is a home to animals as well as humans. An apartment for the veterinarian is combined under a roof with the equine practice, including an in-house pharmacy, treatment rooms, a laboratory and stables. A base plate, a reinforced concrete floor, as well as four solid vertical concrete wall plates form the supporting structure of the building. The partly recessed façade is made of prefabricated wood frame elements, interrupted rhythmically by ceiling-high windows. The clean form continues in the interior. Expansive ceiling-high glass sliding doors in the living room offer a great view across the natural landscape. Made out of silver fir, the floors and walls achieve a warm and placid environment. A covered veranda is created by the glass elements and concrete wall plates, which are set back at the edge of the roof.