A wooded hillside, isolated location in southern Burgenland, hardly any building regulations.  A place in nature was created for living.  Energy self-sufficient house. Natural course of the terrain used, oriented towards the sun and landscape views.  Basement partly in the ground with cool bedrooms in a dry hot climate zone. The living floor above is built in a wooden stand construction and cellulose insulation with a cantilevered veranda as natural protection against overheating in summer.


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Two houses for a family with three children in an allotment garden settlement in Vienna. Each house has 50 m2 built up area and 250 m3 enclosed space. Strict specifications. Compact design and slim wooden stand construction. A residential house and a sleeping house. On one side the common space on two levels, which is connected by a terrace on the opposite side with the private rooms. Courtyard formation as a privacy screen in the narrow and densely built-up area with small plots of land. Cooling and heating with geothermal energy by deep drilling, no consumption of fossil energy.

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Vienna settlement area from the post-war years. Long narrow plots. Building area strictly limited, but nevertheless a great transformation process of the houses in the entire settlement. What to do when the neighbour suddenly transforms his terrace into a huge winter garden  and removes all protective greenery between the plots? What to do if the space requirements of the family increase due to growth? Family moves out or looks for possibilities to stay and live together?


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Neo-baroque palace of the Viennese Gründerzeit.  Used for two generations as a commercial enterprise on the ground floor with laboratory and offices in a small-scale structure. Exposure of the original room.  Bringing the darkness of the ground floor zone back to light. Cars banned from inner courtyard and garden designed by Piet Oudolf. Art brings light to people. Colour needs light.

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A settler's house from 1924, built by the cooperative members themselves, with the simplest materials and all with their own hands. One helped the other until the settlement was finished. Simply built on stamped clay soil. Minimal floor plans with small animal stable and self-sufficient garden.


Today owned by the City of Vienna, which is not planning any redevelopment, as rents are still very low. The tenants would like to do the necessary renovation against rising humidity, install a bathroom, make the ground floor more open so that a common space with an open kitchen is created. Building envelope is not allowed to be changed. The bank does not give credit, because there is no ownership of the property. So they had to rebuild everything by themselves. A social experiment.


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