Medical Practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid
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This doctor's surgery in the Austrian Alps by Graz-based architects Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher was inspired by small wooden hay barns that dot the local landscape (+ slideshow).

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

The medical practice by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten is located in the remote village of Ramsau, known for its cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

"The building's shape and the materiality is reminiscent of the typical historical hay barns of the Ennstal area," explained the architects.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

The facade is vertically clad with roughly sawn, untreated spruce.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Spruce was chosen "because it turns grey very consistently on all sides of the building," architect Dietmar Hammerschmid told Dezeen.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Inside the building are three treatment rooms, a waiting room and a pharmacy.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

The architects used larch to build the benches in the waiting room and the counter in the pharmacy.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

"Larch has a lot of branches in the texture, so it has a very rough look," said Hammerschmid.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

The walls behind the benches are covered in grey loden, a thick wool fabric traditional to the Austrian alps.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

We've featured a couple of other buildings by the same architects – a distillery with an asymmetrical timber roof and a renovated stone chapel with skeletons in the basement.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Other projects in Austria we've published on Dezeen include a cocktail bar in Vienna with a ceiling inspired by mountains and a concert hall with a dramatically angular roof – see all our Austrian buildings.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

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Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Photographs are by Dietmar Hammerschmid.

Here's some more from the architects:


The medical practice is located in Ramsau, an elevated plateau between the mountain Dachstein and Schladming.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Above: floor plan

The shape and the materiality is reminiscent of the typical historical haystacks of the ennstal area.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Above: north elevation

The very rough design of the outer surface is continued in the interior.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Above: east elevation

Massive larch and loden was used for the furniture.

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Above: south elevation

Medical practice in Ramsau by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

Above: west elevation

  • Jordan

    …so boring it didn't even provoke a comment!!