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Maximilian Eisenköck, Studio Building, Austria

Less is ... Cheaper: Studio Building in Neuaigen

It is commonly known that it is possible to save money by using components from industrial building. Unfortunately, these have seldom been employed in as masterly a fashion as they have by Maximilian Eisenköck in Neuaigen, a hamlet of around 500 near Tulln in Lower Austria. Artist Monika Rienössl wanted to move back to her childhood home; she resisted all recommendations to demolish her historical, single-storey street-facing house. Eisenköck has renovated it for her and added to it a minimalist, slightly raised pavilion set on steel columns measuring 6 cm in thickness.

The addition can be flexibly used for living and working. “Throughout the entire project, being limited to simple, inexpensive building materials and modular, non-variable parts was a fundamental idea” explains Eisenköck. The targeted dimensions of the roof canopies, which vary according to the direction they face, made it possible to do without any further sun-protection system. Sliding walls and curtains allow the individual areas of the house to be delimited as required.

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