Asemic Scapes by Sarah Schneider



Asemic Scapes - Rehabilitation Center Rainberg is concept for a medical rehabilitation centre in the Austrian Alps designed by architecture gradute Sarah Schneider.


Designed to accommodate 50 patients, it features balconies overlooking the mountains and raised walkways running through the surrounding forests.


Schneider is a recent graduate of Studio Lynn, an architecture course run by American architect Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Asemic Scapes was her Diploma project.


The following is from Sarah Schneider:


Asemic Scapes - Rehabilitation Center Rainberg

This project is a conceptual design for a rehabilitation center for trauma and post surgery patients with a capacity of 50 beds in the Austrian Alps, in Vorarlberg.


In general rehab centers like their predecessors the sanatoriums of the 19th and 20th century are based on a dualistic set of values: they embody the belief in the healing power of technology and the healing power of nature, which is why they are mostly situated in prestine landscapes.


Therefore my attempt was to develop a contemporary relationship to the landscape based on calligraphic ornamentation.


Calligraphy is adding an idea of creating variation through artistic expression to a technical matter of communication and is connected to ornamentation which generally uses natural motifs and often rules of natural growth.


The project develops an architecture that uses rules of natural growth and connects both growth and ornament, with a landscape environment, topologically and calligraphically.


The ornament creates a symbiotic relationship with the existing environment by framing existing topographic features and at the same time giving a feedback to the landscape by creating topographical irregularities.


In the landscape the ornament starts to organize the ground by subtle terracing and it creates paths that break the clear definition of an indoor ñ outdoor boundary by running through the building, widening up to create bigger platforms and shrinking back to paths when leaving the building again.


This ornamented landscape topography develops the roof structure transforming from a plan calligraphy into a complex volumetric condition of overlay and envelope.





Posted on Saturday August 16th 2008 at 2:37 pm by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • joe

    correction- a dull derivative project. curvy and seductive doesnt mean accomplished. this is just unoriginal. it is nothing we HAVENT seen time and time again from every graduate of a digitally orientated studio. why give this particular project time on this blog.

  • celine mondieu

    Zaha Hadid on steroids.

  • isobel

    all you critics out there – can’t you just be positive about things? this is a graduate work – parts of it are amazing but i dont see enough credit given for it here. yeah sure its not perfect but whose work is? and who are you to tear it apart after reading a 100 word description of it?

    i keep reading the same thing all over this website – “zaha ripoff, zaha ripoff”- that is not what i call being critical, more than half of you are beating the same drum.

    nice work sarah, that interior perspective shot of the model is hott. i wish i could go there.

  • ignacio

    It´s just a shame that after all that effort in doing an incredible structure and volume you see those hideous clumsy plans. If she had spent some time trying to make the spaces more fluid in plan the result could have ben better…but anyway congratulations

  • Kamil

    These days architecture gets too much influenced by 3D software. There is not so much thaught given in this project hor to make rehab clinic nice and pleaseant space for patients.
    Another thing, 50 patients only? this kind of designs bacame veru fasionable at recent years, but this gona end soon, as it’s just too expensive.

  • Brian


    (I did love it from a visual standpoint though!)

  • Yes Victoria, there is gender in design.

  • Mama

    What exactly are “prestine landscapes”?

  • ABER

    AWESOME IN SHEETS AND IMAGES,possible to contruct?….plzzzzz consult ZAHAAAAAAAAA

  • rech

    good work on the graphics!but the whole state -of -art complex much suitable for a more arts kind of function ,maybe better off as a performance arts center or a convention center ,also an iconic structure much reflecting various laws of fluidity and all! but being a rehab center the design may be as simple as it may be to invoke more positive energy to enhance better recovery of the residents.
    i wonder how the functionality of the building will be..becos architecture is best appreciated when functionality goes in hand with the aesthetics..anyways a bit of more research will do more good…all the best!

  • silicon m

    The philosophy of sound never looked so good.
    I could just eat it.

    well done, bring on the loonies.

    They can only get better.

  • hmmm…the Alps…the snow…the roof…muuuaaahaahaa

  • It’s nice to see asemic writing applied to architecture!

  • Werd

    Stunning, my dear, simply stunning.

  • bauster

    hey gaque,
    you are a disappointed gaque…

    it may not be your kind of work and style..
    show some of your things, then we’ll see.. maybe it’s chipperfield style wannabe..

    quoting whitepaper:
    “I was really hoping we did leave behind this reality-alienated digital crap of the mid-nineties…obviously not….”

    did I miss that? what should that have been then..
    man look around these projects are built now..

    and if so.. the question is: what does promote architecture? where do we take the necessary steps to put architecture some steps further these days.
    people ask yourself: do you drive the same looking cars than 20 or 30 years ago?? why not? development has to happen..
    and for the “only buildable league of crits”.
    unluckily you seem very depressed and bored of your own work…

    and one last thing you crits didn’t get: this is diploma work.done in 12 weeks…
    so shut up! whose diploma has been built? step forward!
    this is about genuity and progress..doesn’t have to be realistc.
    realism comes later, when we all start to work; and that pretty soon.
    architecture though can be more than only realistic; it’s an image aswell.

    big up sarah…

  • for a minute there i thought it was a project of zahad hadid’s… i’ll bet she would hire her!

    what a fantastic piece of architecture. so organic, and pleasing to look at. it would also be nice to walk through those spaces…

    look at how many models she built! absolutely fantastic and expensive…

  • mauro paparo filomarino

    I think that this work is conceptual and rich memory of Zah………..

  • Brittany

    AMAZING!!! This is totally the architectural direction our generation is taking, whether a older (could I say ‘jealous’ because you can’t use maya/max/g.e?) who hide behind modernism and theory to hide the fact buildings have become very measurable …I disagree with everyone saying this is like Zaha, it is much more articulated. Beautifully imaginative, totally inspiring for young architecture students!

  • glynn

    beautiful, woof!

  • nathalie

    sarah its really a gd work…..wanted to ask about material (cover)and about maquette!!!what kind of material u used to do it?

  • This is captivating and it’s obvious Sarah Schneider shows as much dexterity in digital representation as artistic and spatial awareness. I would encourage her to collaborate directly with professionals in the healing therapies and geology fields in order to feed the project.

    While the bird view and some interior views of this project show a symbiotic relationship with the landscape, the section shows a massive vertical cut into the site and one can wonder how this would affect the symbiotic continuity between architectural structure and natural support, not to mention water dam effect, and other phenomenons most of us ignore.

  • uca

    what program did you use? the renders look great! love what you did with the landscape.

  • Douglas Alford

    That is a wicked amazing program and design. Sarah’s work will be an inspiration to the future of architecture.

  • I think this would look amazing in desert sand dunes…beautiful!

  • gx

    the design is not THAT GOOD , but its good.there something lacking. this design is preety IF AND ONLY IF YOU WERE SITTING IN A BLOODY HELICOPTER VIEWING IT. after all, what you get in a human’s eye view is the elevation you see. yeah its a bit like a zaha wanna be design. go and find your own style.

  • Mark

    Modern art as it should be, alive and fun. This is better than Zaha. This has got past my dislike of modernism. It would also be good as a basis for a public building.

  • Tamara Rebeka

    Great work…

    Does anyone know what kind of material did she use for making that model?
    and what programs did she use?


  • Douglas Alford

    It just blows my mind that many would tear this project down as you have. This is the problem with architecture today. I truly believe that there is a real deep rooted psychological fear of these types of forms. Even more so architecture will never evolve if practitioners of architecture and those whom occupy architecture do not open up to new and innovative forms that are simply better for the state of mind and physical well being of humans.

  • xpez2000

    I think this looks interesting. its not apparent by the plans how functional the space actually is though…but if it is, it seems very progressive. Its strange how the totality of form seems most considered from the highest birds eye point of view. That makes me wonder how the architecture will actually impact the inhabitants.

    I think ZAHA is all style…People that like her work have bought into celebrity style architecture… Voronoi forms are good for chairs and 60’s sci-fi movie sets.

  • James

    I empathise with the comment made by Douglas Alford in its entirety…

  • CL

    An excellent concept of calligraphy, which combined together with the organic architecture used delivers a very nice visual perception of the building! But architecture isn’t only about context, mostly it’s about people! Where is people’s experience in that, where does architecture help the people rejuvenate and heal? All I see is a building matching its context, but how about the experience of the user?