Sensitive Materialisation: Low-Energy House Gemini+
Text: Peter Popp
Architects: AL1 ArchitektInnen, bauchplan landschaftsarchitektur & urbanismus, grundstein, Peter Kneidinger
Location: Weissenbach 117, A–2371 Weissenbach / Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)
"Children don't want an own room in most phases of development. An open room sequence is therefore a fundamental principle. The individual rooms can be separated, but closure of individual zones is of secondary priority."
"A bathroom can be a walk-through room. Bathing is a central part of life. The bathing area is accessible from the kitchen as well as the living area. Openness again has higher priority over a hermetic separation of functions."
"Flowing rooms and a home to run around in – controllable and variable. The ordering of interior spaces is obviously Loos-inspired. A window combines three functions: the visual connection between inside and outside, illumination and ventilation. These three functions can be fulfilled in three elements."
"Building is done on an auto-didactic basis with limited advance craftsmanship skills with integration of local professionals. The building phase therefore becomes a conscious (learning) process using specific methods and avoiding the use of big machines when possible."
"The design principle of the construction is: elevation = floor plan = section. The timber-concrete composite construction functions as ceiling, closed wall, as well as light-permeable support element. To protect the existing trees, the wood-concrete composite walls were cast stacked on the base plate, and folded up one after the other as required. The materialisation is a symbiosis of locally or regionally obtained objects, such as wood from the Wienerwald for the construction, loam from the excavation for the heated floor, or hemp from the Czech Republic as insulating material. Traditional techniques are combined with industrial and technological solutions, such as the acrylic double-wall sheet façade, to create a low-energy house." AL1 ArchitektInnen, bauchplan, grundstein, Peter Kneidinger
Usable area: 410 m²
Built-up area: 224 m²
Building volume: 1,230 m³
Client: Marie-Theres Okresek, Tobias Baldauf
Planning: AL1 ArchitektInnen, bauchplan, grundstein, Peter Kneidinger
Project management: Peter Kneidinger, Tobias Baldauf
Team: Marie-Theres Okresek, Nicole Heiss, Irene Prieler, Michael Wildmann, Josef Rott
Statics: Peter Kneidinger