In the 60s, a group of architects and carpenters, "baukünstler", develops an original approach of the architectural process, considered today as highly innovative constructive culture. Vorarlberg sees the emergence, in particular, of wooden houses, the conception of which renews the question of the housing environment.

Carried by an environmentalist and humanist reflection, the designers, participate in the birth of an architectural laboratory based on the durability, the simplicity and the environmental protection.

Laboratory and museum of open-air contemporary architecture, Vorarlberg has just crossed a course: since January 1st, 2007, all the public buildings must be built according to the standard " passive house ", in other words, buildings which assure a comfortable internal climate in summer as in winter without having appeal to a conventional system of heating or cooling.

The " architectural lesson of Vorarlberg " likes above all its history. The culture of the wooden construction is strongly anchored there for a long time. The idea of " baukünstler " is based on the passage of a tradition of the factory in that of the industrialization, by leaning on the exceptional quality of the local craftsmen.