Skyspace in Oberlech, Lech am Arlberg 2018 (c) Florian Holzherr

© Dome of the Skyspace in Oberlech, Lech am Arlberg 2018 (c) Florian Holzherr

Experiencing space, time & light in a new way

Skyspace Lech at the Tannberg

Opened in autumn 2018, Skyspace Lech takes visitors into new dimensions. The unique architecture in the middle of the low-light environment provides deep insights into the sky above and into ourselves.

Feel Time & Space

Skyspace Lech

With the Skyspace Lech, a new cultural highlight has been created at Tannberg in Oberlech, which is accessible to visitors both in summer and winter

The work of art designed by James Turrell allows deep insights into the sky above us as well as into one’s own consciousness through its special architecture. The open dome narrows the space and the field of vision of the sky in such a way that a completely new feeling of space, time and consciousness is created. With bookable guided tours, lighting elements provide an even more intensive view of the open dome.

My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience.

James Turrell in Lech. Fotografin: Maria Burtscher
James Turrell Artist & Visionary

From an idea to a completed project

The first draft

After his visit to Lech in October/November 2014, James Turrell conceived the skyspaceLech specially designed for the Tannegg site and created some detailed draft sketches.

All thanks to Berger Alpe

In February 2015, James Turrell’s designs were translated into architectural plans by project partner Baumschlager-Eberle. After clarifying further details with James Turrell, the plans are now ready and approved by the artist. The landowner Berger Alpe was also informed about the project idea and the possible location Tannegg at a very early stage. Once the plans were available, the association was able to clarify the details in several discussions with representatives of the Berger Alpe and conclude an agreement on the construction of the skyspaceLech.

skyspaceLech

The artist’s designs show a largely underground structure that blends in sensitively with the landscape. The oval main room (dimensions: 9 by 6 meters and 5.2 meters high) also has an oval opening in the ceiling (3.5 by 2.6 meters) and a circumferential bench that will be lined with black granite like the floor. There is a light installation in the room which, after dusk, bathes the walls and ceiling in colour-changing light so that the previously clearly perceived spatial structure seems to dissolve.

Skyspace in Oberlech,, James Turrell 2018 (c) Florian Holzer

The view facing Biberkopf

The ceiling opening can be covered with a movable dome, which is then illuminated with a second light installation, thus irritating and distorting the viewer’s perception in a colour dialogue with the main room. Access is via a 15-metre-long tunnel facing northeast, thus providing a visual axis over Bürstegg to the striking summit of the beaver’s head. A path branches off from the public hiking trail and leads to the tunnel entrance on the eastern side of the Tannegg hill.

Skyspace in Oberlech, James Turrell 2018 (c) Florian Holzer

The Skyspace-Lech is open all year on a daily basis.

November 1st – April 20th: 12 am – 8 pm, closed on Mondays.

April 20th – May 31st: Restricted opening hours due to environmental : 9 am – 6 pm

June 1st – October 31st: 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset

 

The Skyspace-Concept with its specifically developed light art from James Turrell can only be seen during sunrise and sunset times.
Since the cupola must be open, good weather conditions are necessary.

If you are planning a visit please check our calendar in advance to make sure that the Skyspace is open. Please take into consideration that Skyspace-Lech can be closed due to guided tours or very bad weather conditions.

The Horizon Field association was founded at the beginning of 2012 with the aim of permanently preserving the installation of the same name by Antony Gormley, which was realized by Kunsthaus Bregenz 2010 in the Vorarlberg high mountain landscape, for the region. After this could not be achieved, the association decided to realize a new project with an internationally renowned contemporary artist.

In cooperation with Galerie Häusler Contemporary, the association has succeeded in winning James Turrell for a Skyspace project in Lech. During his visit to Lech in September 2014, Turrell was fascinated by the unique high mountain landscape and chose the location “Tannegg” in Oberlech as the most suitable location for a very special, underground Skyspace. The “Tannegg” is a small hill above the top station of the Schloßkopfbahn cable car, along which a hiking trail passes both in summer and winter and which is also easily accessible from the ski run to Oberlech. Nevertheless, it lies 1,780 metres above the populated area and offers a unique panorama.

The Skyspace-Lech is arguably most impressive during the time (not daytime), when the sun goes down and the night approaches. This is when the Skyspace-Concept with its specifically developed light art from James Turrell can be seen. Therefore, all guided tours are scheduled around the specific sunset-time of a chosen day.

December 1st – April 20th: Weekly tours take place on Tuesday (in English) and on Friday (in German) evening at the respective sunset-time.
June 1st – November 30th: Weekly tours take place every Friday in German, in English on request.
April 20th – May 31st: Due to the restrictive opening hours because of nature protection requirements no guided tours can be offered during this period.

• Tickets are available online or at the tourism office
Price: € 15,– pP
• Please register by 6 p.m. the day before the desired tour.
• At least 8 visitors must be registered for each tour, otherwise the date must unfortunately be cancelled or combined with the next one.

Further information on the guided tours can be found here

 At least 8 visitors must be registered for each tour, otherwise the date must unfortunately be cancelled or combined with the next one.

  • Private tours by appointment only
  • Group rate € 450,– (incl. tax)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 persons
  • Booking: skyspace@lechzuers.com
Please note that there are no parking facilities on site at Skyspace-Lech and in Oberlech. There is no direct access as the road to Skyspace-Lech is blocked by a barrier. Therefore please use the parking spaces in the town (e.g. parking garage Anger) and use public transport, the cable car Oberlech or a taxi:
Der Lecher Tel: +43 5583-2501-0, info@taxi-lech.at, www.taxi-lech.at
Lech Taxi: Tel: +43 650 440 0752, www.lechtaxi.at, info@lechtaxi.at

The Skyspace-Lech is open all year on a daily basis.

November 1st – April 20th: 12 am – 8 pm, closed on Mondays.

April 20th – May 31st: Restricted opening hours due to environmental : 9 am – 6 pm

June 1st – October 31st: 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset

 

The Skyspace-Concept with its specifically developed light art from James Turrell can only be seen during sunrise and sunset times.
Since the cupola must be open, good weather conditions are necessary.

If you are planning a visit please check our calendar in advance to make sure that the Skyspace is open. Please take into consideration that Skyspace-Lech can be closed due to guided tours or very bad weather conditions.

The Horizon Field association was founded at the beginning of 2012 with the aim of permanently preserving the installation of the same name by Antony Gormley, which was realized by Kunsthaus Bregenz 2010 in the Vorarlberg high mountain landscape, for the region. After this could not be achieved, the association decided to realize a new project with an internationally renowned contemporary artist.

In cooperation with Galerie Häusler Contemporary, the association has succeeded in winning James Turrell for a Skyspace project in Lech. During his visit to Lech in September 2014, Turrell was fascinated by the unique high mountain landscape and chose the location “Tannegg” in Oberlech as the most suitable location for a very special, underground Skyspace. The “Tannegg” is a small hill above the top station of the Schloßkopfbahn cable car, along which a hiking trail passes both in summer and winter and which is also easily accessible from the ski run to Oberlech. Nevertheless, it lies 1,780 metres above the populated area and offers a unique panorama.

The Skyspace-Lech is arguably most impressive during the time (not daytime), when the sun goes down and the night approaches. This is when the Skyspace-Concept with its specifically developed light art from James Turrell can be seen. Therefore, all guided tours are scheduled around the specific sunset-time of a chosen day.

December 1st – April 20th: Weekly tours take place on Tuesday (in English) and on Friday (in German) evening at the respective sunset-time.
June 1st – November 30th: Weekly tours take place every Friday in German, in English on request.
April 20th – May 31st: Due to the restrictive opening hours because of nature protection requirements no guided tours can be offered during this period.

• Tickets are available online or at the tourism office
Price: € 15,– pP
• Please register by 6 p.m. the day before the desired tour.
• At least 8 visitors must be registered for each tour, otherwise the date must unfortunately be cancelled or combined with the next one.

Further information on the guided tours can be found here

 At least 8 visitors must be registered for each tour, otherwise the date must unfortunately be cancelled or combined with the next one.

  • Private tours by appointment only
  • Group rate € 450,– (incl. tax)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 persons
  • Booking: skyspace@lechzuers.com
Please note that there are no parking facilities on site at Skyspace-Lech and in Oberlech. There is no direct access as the road to Skyspace-Lech is blocked by a barrier. Therefore please use the parking spaces in the town (e.g. parking garage Anger) and use public transport, the cable car Oberlech or a taxi:
Der Lecher Tel: +43 5583-2501-0, info@taxi-lech.at, www.taxi-lech.at
Lech Taxi: Tel: +43 650 440 0752, www.lechtaxi.at, info@lechtaxi.at

Skyspace Lech

Entrance to the Skyspace in Oberlech at dusk 2018 (c) Florian Holzherr
Entrance to the Skyspace Lech

Often we look up at the sky and think it's so far away. But my skyspaces bring the sky down to the ceiling of the room you're in.

James Turrell in Lech. Fotografin: Maria Burtscher
James Turrell Artist & Visionary

Hiking Tours to the Skyspace Lech

Easy to reach in winter as well as in summer

If you want to hike to the Skyspace Lech or combine a visit with a hike, you can choose between different hikes. In winter and summer, Skyspace Lech is easy to reach on foot and is nestled in the imposing mountain scenery of the Tannberg.

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If you have any further questions about the Skyspace Lech, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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