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Seifert House / Bau Kultur

  • 01:00 - 21 May, 2008
Seifert House / Bau Kultur
Seifert House / Bau Kultur

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Volkersdorf, 4470 Enns, Austria
  • Architect

    Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR, Austria
  • Structure Engineer

    Helmut Schiebel
  • Contractor

    Winfried Orth
  • Materials

    Concrete & Glass

From the architect. Mrs. Seifert, sixty-three years old and curator of an art gallery, commissioned this house after her previous home, an approximately 150 years old building, burned down. For her new home she demanded a particular requirement - namely, the new house (contrary to her previous one) should fuse with nature in order to give her an immanent feeling of the change of seasons.

Subsequently, the conception of the house became a deep engagement with Mies, in particular with the Farnsworth House, and the question of how a space should be constituted in order to open itself to the surrounding by simultaneously offering privacy. Furthermore, it became an investigation of how much freedom in space effectively determines the way of living in contrast to a few certain spatial determinations that liberate. Whereas the first model refers to Rietveld's attempts to create freedom e.g. by means of sliding doors etc. the later model refers to Mies' structured open plan.

The house was built as a passive house (no cooling or heating required) with an incredible low budget (1.400 €/m2) within a construction period of less than seven months. Since the beginning of the year 2006 Mrs. Seifert lives in the house - with no regrets.

Cite: "Seifert House / Bau Kultur" 21 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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zahra · June 08, 2013


mike eliason · January 24, 2012

frankly, if you&#39re going to riff on wright&#39s solar hemicycle, at least do it like bau kultur&#39s nahe passivhaus:

ariana roberts · February 18, 2011

very minimalistic, very pretty

R Goldschmidt · June 21, 2010

I really like this house, minimalism design, natural light on allmost every side, nice bathrooms. Gute Arbeit Bau Kultur, zu halten auf diese Richtung gehen!

Ann Romano · February 27, 2009

This home is lovely but I can't figure out what the cost per square meter is in dollars. The way I read it the cost is $1.77/m2 which can't be right.
Thank you for your input.

Francois · November 07, 2013 08:48 AM

must be 1400 euros, thus around 1900 USD / m2. which is still quite incredible

missND · January 26, 2009


JUST COOL Design Blog · July 15, 2008

natural minimalism.....YEAH


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