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Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On November 23, 2012 @ 4:36 pm In Architecture,Floating Houses,Gallery,Prefab Housing | No Comments

St Joseph House, Wolfgang Tschapeller Architekt, flood-resistant houses, floating houses, small prefab homes. Austrian architecture, concrete, sustainable houses, mobile homes [4]

The structure hovers over a shallow pit which can be utilized as a car port or storage space. The 4 supports include a one-legged element, two two-legged ones and one three-legged element that elevates the building from the ground by more than two meters- depending on the topology of the terrain. Enclosed in a rigid shell-like structure [5], the interior spaces are marked by soft, flowing spaces and angled walls that form oddly-shaped rooms and windows. The faceted walls form small niches that act as intimate in-between-spaces. Those make the building appear much larger than it actually is.

Despite the use of concrete, the St. Joseph single family residence [6] is made habitable independent of the building site. Its small size is compensated by the playful interior, which differs from the outside shell in both form and materiality.

+ Wolfgang Tschapeller Architekt [2]

Via Archdaily [7]

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[1] flood-resistant : http://inhabitat.com/six-flood-proof-buildings-that-can-survive-rising-tides/

[2] Wolfgang Tschapeller Architekt: http://www.tschapeller.com/

[3]  : http://inhabitat.com/wolfgang-tschapellers-st-joseph-house-is-a-prefab-flood-resistant-home-in-austria/st-joseph-house-wolfgang-tschapeller-2/?extend=1

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/11/St-Joseph-House-Wolfgang-Tschapeller-2.jpg

[5] shell-like structure: http://inhabitat.com/pop-up-bowooss-bionic-research-pavilion-inspired-by-natures-efficiency/

[6] single family residence: http://inhabitat.com/ecologia-montreals-single-family-residence-aims-to-be-the-first-leed-platinum-home-in-montreal/

[7] Archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/296426/st-joseph-house-wolfgang-tschapeller/

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