House M / Caramel Architekten

© Otto Hainzl

Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: Pöstlingberg, Linz,
Project Area: 112 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Otto Hainzl

Sitting on the slope of pöstlingberg in linz, the 12 x 12 meter cube takes full advantage of the lot by establishing itself as far into the north-eastern corner of the site as building codes permit. These two sides have a very hermetic appearance, thus preventing neighbors from looking in.

floor plan

By contrast, the house opens itself toward the south and west with two all-glass façades. the west side of the building offers a magnificent view of the danube valley and receives sunlight until late in the evening; an externally mounted textile curtain guards against excessive sunlight and overheating. The south façade pulls away from the edge of the cube in free-form retreat, producing a covered terrace area. extending directly from the terrace is a large swimming pond.

Moving inwards from the southwest open kitchen / dining / living areas that face the swimming pond, one comes to the non-public bedroom units lying to the northeast.

© Otto Hainzl

The cellarless house is made out of prefabricated high-performance structural insulated panels, which were installed onto the concrete floor slab in only a few hours with the help of a truck-mounted crane. The diagonally arranged pillars along the west façade provide structural reinforcement.

Slightly inclined toward the east, the roof slab offers gutterless drainage over the façade and into a gravel-filled french drain at the back of the house.

© Otto Hainzl

The cube is enveloped in synthetic membranes. For the roof area white epdm was used; for the façade area (invisibly welded to the roof liner), white teflon-coated pvc, which was secured at intervals through the thermal insulation layer between the outer membrane and the structural panels.

The simple form of the building volume, the high degree of prefabrication, its excellent cellulose-fiber thermal insulation, as well as the application of calorific value technology and external shading all contribute to making this a very economical and ecological building.

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  • Jeison

    Beautiful house and location. A joy.

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  • up_today_arch

    best prefabricated house I have seen. Clear and ontemporary look, I like it.

  • Guido Schröpel

    ARCHITEKTUR: Daumen hoch – für die Tatsache, dass vorfabrizierte Häuser nicht spießig aussehen müssen. Caramel in Linz:

  • Guido Schröpel

    ARCHITEKTUR: Daumen hoch – für die Tatsache, dass vorfabrizierte Häuser nicht spießig aussehen müssen. Haus M in Linz:

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    House M / Caramel Architekten #architecture

  • arnold

    the Concept and the Idea of this project are realy very good. this house looks like good japan style modern living house.

    the house planing is interesting and a bit strange. I mean the strange bathroom place in this house. anything else is fine :-).


  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: House M.

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  • tim

    to me, its the pure reincarnation of the upper class 70s bungalow.
    i really love it.

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  • bluevertical

    House M by Caramel Architekten #architecture #design #minimalism *a lovely, clean structure in all 3 dimensions

  • Ryan

    Love it……. I want to build this in India, as I’ve just purchase 1 acre in very lush land.

  • wilson waita muasya

    A woderful house, alot of natural light,you say it is cheap how much please.