propeller z: flag propeller z: flag
aug 12, 2010

propeller z: flag

‘flag’ by propeller z in fahndorf, austria all images courtesy of propeller z image © hertha hurnaus

vienna-based architecture office propeller z has completed an addition to an old farmhouse in fahndorf, austria. constructed on a budget of 70,000 euros, ‘flag’ negotiates the conditions and features of the pre-existing structure while remaining quiet in its presence from the nearby street.

‘flag’ next to the oiginal barnhouse roofimage © hertha hurnaus

the 200-year old farmhouse is a traditional U-shaped structure with a courtyard separating the living space from the barn and stable. the south wing is half buried into the slope of the site, exposing just its pitched roof, consequently establishing no relationship with the acreage to the back. to remedy this, the new dwelling, which accommodates a kitchen and living space, sits elevated on the terrain, opening completely to the south with floor-to-ceiling glazing. it is partially supported by a corner of the original structure but remains unconnected to it with minimal disturbance. to access the rest of the house, an exterior staircase between the two masses must be utilized. a sheltered space is created underneath the addition that leads out to the courtyard and stable level.

image © hertha hurnaus

image © hertha hurnaus

to remain within the budget allotted for ‘flag’, much of the materials chosen were local and readily available: the ceiling is clad in warm wood as is the entrance platform that the stairs lead up to. the floors are done in exposed concrete while the internal insulation is made from recycled newspaper. the north side of the addition features a wood stack that spans the entire length of the facade, which is both a reinterpretation of the local farmhouse typology as well as an aesthetically pleasing element on its own.

the addition slides into a corner of the pre-existing barnhouse–but does not actually physically connect to itimage © hertha hurnaus

north facadeimage © hertha hurnaus

the addition next to the original structureimage © hertha hurnaus

the north facade features a wood stack skinimage © hertha hurnaus

west facadeimage © hertha hurnaus

image © hertha hurnaus

south entranceimage © hertha hurnaus

image © hertha hurnaus

the addition, which is lofted in place with truss-like legs, creates a sheltered space underneathimage © hertha hurnaus

much of the farmhouse structure was left in its original stateimage © hertha hurnaus

staircase from the stable levelimage © hertha hurnaus

entranceimage © hertha hurnaus

living room with south-facing glazingimage © hertha hurnaus

kitchen, looking towards the living spaceimage © hertha hurnaus

the barn’s roof structure hidden in the winter

back entranceimage © hertha hurnaus

the house from the streetimage © hertha hurnaus

site plan

floor plan

lateral section

cross section

south elevation

  • there’s no termites in this zone…

    toxicosmos says:
  • Is this house for sale, please! Let us know! :-)!!!! This is what I (oke, we) want!!!

    Ariadne says:
  • Great marriage of old and new! Well done!

    Andrea says:
  • booyah. these guys are good.

    wpgmb says:
  • Well photographically documented.

    Matthias says:

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