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A single man shelter

Project type: Design and realisation planning
Commissioned by: private
Location: Ansfelden (AT)
Date: 2004

This small house for seasonal occupation is designed for a location that was flooded in 2002. Even though a repetition of this is hardly possible, the house is elevated. The compact floor plan is composed of a narrow service zone and a main wing with a traditional roof; sliding and folding elements flexibly subdivide the plan. On three sides the house is closed towards the surrounding buildings. From the patio it opens up towards the landscape with a terrace that reaches between the tops of two walnut trees. When the inhabitant is absent the terrace is pulled up and the house is closed off. Bridge up, landlord gone. The construction made of wooden prefabricated elements can be relocated if the owner might wish to reside on a different location. This is made visible by the handle in the ridge, a feature that is extra high to respond to the larger surrounding buildings.