House M / Caramel Architekten

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Urfahr-Umgebung District, Austria

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Facade
© Otto Hainzl

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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Image 9 of 12
© Otto Hainzl

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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Windows
© 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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Windows, Facade
© Otto Hainzl

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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Windows, Facade, Handrail
© 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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Windows
© Otto Hainzl

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.

House M / Caramel Architekten - Garden
© Otto Hainzl

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Cite: "House M / Caramel Architekten" 23 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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