New ticket office at the entrance to the historical Schallaburg castle

In the course of the extension and reconstruction of Schallaburg castle near Melk (Lower Austria), a new entrance was built to replace the former ticket booth inside the baroque castle buildings. The new ticket office is located outside the castle gates on the steep path leading up to the castle and marks the access point to the castle grounds.

BWM Architekten drew on these topographical conditions and took the incline of the access path into account when planning the new ticket office. The new structure is a functional box with a high flying roof that not only provides visitors with protection from the elements, but is also an appealing visual element. Tall, different-coloured steel columns support the wooden roof, which almost appears to be floating. They give the ticket office a playful, fairytale-like quality. The ornamental underside of the roof is underlaid with orange-coloured elements. The representative character of the roof is a reference to historical buildings in general, but does not model itself on any specific building.

The new entrance is now suitably dimensioned to be able to cope with the crowds on peak days.



March 2016


Schallaburg Kulturbetriebs GmbH

BWM team

Birgit Eschenlor, Markus Flägner, Lenka Rozsivalova, Stephan Kehrer, Yuriy Pryveda
Team competition: Massimiliano Marian


Carpenter: Florian Hager Holzbau GmbH

Photo credits: © Christoph Panzer