When a client commissioned Ohnmacht Flamm Architekten to build the quirky KIKO house on a lush green plot at the base of the Tyrol mountains in Austria, they were more concerned with aesthetics than energy-efficiency. However one year after its completion it turns out that this striking home uses little more energy than a bonafide Passive Haus! A multi-level home with a small garage box on either end, KIKO also features excellent daylighting and fun bubble windows that overlook the majestic landscape.
One of the most important requirements for this home was to create an enduring relationship between the home’s interior and the natural splendor outside. This is achieved by tucking away the garage and other secondary rooms on the edge of the property and creating a vast daylight living space that spills outside. The second story is a bit tight, so superior space management was key.
The client’s daughters each have their own transparent bubble chairs and windows that allow them to admire the wonderful view – a great way to secure an early connection with nature. A shed roof allows soft northern light to penetrate deep into the home, and solar panels on the roof provide energy. Although conventional insulation was used, this home has turned out to be exceptionally energy efficient thanks to glazing and passive design.
Via Arch Daily