#02, 03-04 2005
"Urban Movement in rural Austria"
built on stilts for flood protection / multi-level living / pitched roof suiting to neighbor buildings
The gable roof house, the dominating European archetype of single-family homes in the last 50 years, has been mostly perceived as a rigid dwelling appearance often forced by building regulations. However, its rough, underdog congeniality leads to new design perspectives that search for further relevance reflecting more purposefully to environmental limitations and changes. Located in a potential floodplain, this housing concept covers two significant issues: persisting building regulations for gable roof houses as well a need for protection during flooding periods. Based on research of flood risings over the past century in this region, the new typology constructs with slim steel on a building’s bottom at a distance above the highest projected waterline. Due to the split level organization of the floor plan – including garage, communal and privacy level – the independent spatial usage of each housing zone was generated offering a continuous residency even if some parts are under the water. Fusing a roof with a multi-elevated body led to the building’s distinctive form that shows the importance of holistic solutions for visual challenges and the demands of a typical single-family residence. This uniform building, with a cement panel surface, embodies a floating, independent structure that answers housing stereotype questions in a more meaningful context.
Clemens Luser, Margit Spreitzer, Martin Emmerer, Martin Lesjak, Sabine Resmann