Field of work
Sture Larsen is an independent architect working in Vorarlberg,
Austria. His most outstanding works have been focused on solar and
low-energy buildings, which achieved extremely low energy consumption values. The first
extreme solar house, completed in 1985, only needed 15 kw/m2*a for space
heating. His work with developing methods of building
affordable low energy housing brought him several awards
beginning with the Binding Award for Environmental Conservation, 1989, and culminating in the Austrian State Award for Energy
Research in 1997. The architectural design is clear and simple and
frequently shows signs of his Scandinavian heritage.
His building projects lead to further work related to solar architecture such
as consulting work for institutions for energy conservation, numerous lectures
for professionals and research work for
the International Energy
Agency such as "Solar Air Systems"
(IEA Task 19) and "Sustainable Solar Housing" (IEA Task 28).
Besides his work as an architect, he currently teaches architectural design and
thermal building physics at local technical school, the