|The water level of the nearby Kollau river can rise by up to
80 centimetres and flood the plot. It was our task to design a house that
remains dry even in the most critical situations.
|The design: on a
|A UFO has landed. It sits white and compact, enthroned in a
garden left to nature. Fine metal steps offer the only means of access. This
little house on piles accords with the client’s desire to be safe even in flood
The key requirement for withdrawal and privacy prompted us to design a compact,
simple structure with a perforated façade. The panels rendered in natural ochre
and green tones create a link both to the surroundings and to the colour palette
used inside the building.
We met the client’s desire for natural materials right down to the details. It
was for this reason that we chose natural pigments for the colour scheme for the
interior walls, and selected solid oak flooring. In the bathroom, we used
Tadelakt plaster, a waterproof and yet breathable natural material.
|Ralf Kürbitz: 'This single-family
home is testament to the fact that even the smallest building project requires
great care and ingenuity.'