in the exchange of heat and moisture; it also dampens noise and absorbs smells, significantly enhancing the quality and comfort of interior spaces. Spaces like the inners rooms of the monolith - entirely made of earth - connect the occupant to the building process by touch, by smell and therefore by memory.
The pool formed out of a landscape of earth is filled with a dozen of pillows from Bangladesh that we've made in cooperation with the NGO Dipshikha. It is an open, playful and communicative area, which is located below the zeppelin, on the side of the monolith.
If we were to design a new, sustainable material capable of absorbing heat and regulating moisture vapor, one that should be one hundred percent recyclable, easy to repair, and required little gray energy in its production, we could engineer highly technical solutions to meet this challenge. However, earth already has the potential to fulfill these requirements in its manifold forms. Earth is palpably healthy, both in the sense of environmental impact as well as human health, key to shaping the atmosphere and the degree of comfort in an indoor climate. A low-tech material with high-tech performance, it has been employed throughout human history in a sustainable manner. This Project not only meets at best and in a unique way the needs of its users: we believe it can also pave the way for a more broad and experimental use of the earth in interior projects.
CityOberes Ried, 6833 Klaus, Vorarlberg
ClientOMICRON electronics GmbH
Gross Floor Area (mq)220
ArchitectsAnna Heringer and Martin Rauch
Design teamStefano Mori, Timur Ersen
Main ContractorLehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH
ConsultantsOverall design coordination: Dietrich - Untertrifaller Architekten ZT GmbH; Consultant structural engineer: GBD (Dornbirn, Austria); Consultant light planning: Bartenbach GmbH (Aldrans, Austria); Consultant acoustics: Müller BBM (Planegg, Austria)
SuppliersBerle Manfred Raumausstattung, Dipshikha, Dipshikha Handicrafts, Little Flower
Photo Credits©Stefano Mori
Curriculum studio / partecipanteAnna Heringer, born October 1977, grew up in Laufen, a small town at the Austrian-Bavarian border close to Salzburg. At the age of 19 she lived in Bangladesh for almost a year, where she had the chance to learn from the NGO Dipshikha about sustainable development work. Eight years later, in 2005, she tried to transfer this philosophy into the field of architecture. Together with Eike Roswag and a team of Bangladeshi and German craftsmen she realized the Meti School in Rudrapur, Bangladesh, that she has designed in 2004 as diploma project at the University of Arts in Linz
Local materials and energy resources + global creativity: our team believes in a global strategy for sustainability - affordable by everyone. We want to create an architecture out of existing potentials that brings the best out of the sources naturally available, creating work opportunities for many.
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