Holdergasse House / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten

Holdergasse House / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Windows, FacadeHoldergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Exterior Photography, Windows, FacadeHoldergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, DoorHoldergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Wood, Windows, Beam+ 23

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

Text description provided by the architects. A response to the local surroundings, the incorporation of a mature beech tree and a balance between privacy and openness, all combining to make a strong case for sustainable building: such was the brief for a new detached family home in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Baumschlager Eberle Architekten succeeded in meeting all the client’s wishes sustainably with a genuinely custom-built house.

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

Positioned on the plot with pinpoint accuracy, the design follows its topography with a three-storey structure and a gross floor area of 346m2, offering a nuanced counterpoint of privacy and exterior views. The site lends itself naturally to the L-shaped layout which, together with the beech tree, forms a sort of interior courtyard. With its carefully planned recesses and cut-ins, the building has a strongly sculptural form. Selected materials, high-quality craftsmanship, and a high-efficiency energy concept add to the house’s environment. 

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

The project. The building is more than just a structure placed on a garden site. It relates to its surroundings in various ways, including through its relationship with the mature beech tree that forms a central element of the design. The house also has a clear street side with a covered entrance and two sheltered terraces.

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Door
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins
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Second floor plan
Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Living Room, Sofa, Windows, Beam
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

Leaving aside its form, the house is characterised primarily by the use of three materials – oak, untreated concrete and a series of light-coloured renders – together with a spatial and material quality that is underscored by high-quality craftsmanship. Outside, the combination of rendered block walls and oak window frames reinforces the abstract, sculptural quality of the architecture.

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail, Column, Beam
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

The monolithic masonry, natural/untreated building materials, lime render and minimal use of insulating materials add to the house’s environmental credentials. The durability and so the sustainability of these materials stand at the very heart of a design process in which the thickness of the concrete slabs was minimised to save resources and simple clay insulating blocks reduce energy losses to a minimum. Together with the concrete slabs, these blocks create a high thermal mass that stores solar energy gains and guarantees pleasant indoor temperatures even in the summer.

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Wood, Windows, Beam
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins
Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Interior Photography, Windows
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

With its environmental and aesthetic quality standards, the building, which was completed in 2020, bridges the gap between traditional building techniques and contemporary innovative architecture, in every respect a subtle reinterpretation of classic villa architecture.

Holdergasse House  / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
© OLEX, Marc and Oliver Lins

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Cite: "Holdergasse House / Baumschlager Eberle Architekten" 21 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/958886/holdergasse-house-baumschlager-eberle-architekten> ISSN 0719-8884

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