Size100 m²
CostEUR 75.000,-

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The driving force behind this radically low-cost multi-level research project happened to be an extremely low budget and a special client. The rooms of this 100 m² sized apartment house are located on different levels from which the orchard can be experienced from various perspectives. Ceiling heights of 2.20 m to 4.35 m convey a feeling of diversity and spaciousness.

The whole building is topped with an Origami roof. Its wooden construction, which is open underneath, resembles the underside of a leaf offering refuge to a beetle. On the inside of the open construction, layers of polyurethane spray-on insulation and polyurethane coating form a type of wall and roof construction that housing construction has never seen in this form before.

Wall thicknesses of 9 to 15 cm not only comply with legal requirements, they also save expenses for roof guttering and eave flashing, for rainwater runs directly off all sides. Sophisticated details, however, ensure that low cost does not look low-grade. Additionally, the mix of specially crafted parts and elements from the DIY market yields a unique atmospheric mixture of the novel and the accustomed, embedding this small house in its Burgenland surroundings.


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Photos: Margherita Spiluttini

Film und film stills: Heinz Emigholz  aus Sense of Achritecture Part 11