Haus 47°40’48”n/13°8’12”e by Flöckner + Schnöll

January 17, 2009

Austrian architects Maria Flöckner and Hermann Schnöll designed this house, which is located in a rural setting just south of Salzburg, Austria.

The name of the house “47°40’48”n/13°8’12”e” indicates the geographic coordinates for where it can be found, but the architects suggest that the design is such that it could be located almost anywhere.

Visit the website of Flöckner + Schnöll – here.

Photos by Stefan Zenzmaier

This house for a universal setting is merely a hub in a personal network. For some time now one has been able to connect to a service infrastructure quite independently from any social pressure to make that connection in a particular location. This act of connection now takes place inside the house. Even the road network reaches inside the house. The house is an extension of both the vectoral streetscape and the visual landscape (or surroundings).

The horizontally inserted structure comes directly into contact with the gently falling meadow. The surrounding farms, forest edges and mountains emerge emboldened into the landscape. The low, spreading lamina of the living space is reinforced by the two identical concrete slabs. When perceived from outside this living space is part of the surrounding landscape. From inside, these surroundings become part of the living space.

A sense of presence is created by the nine geometrically identical timber modules. The spaces between become places of transition. Surfaces are smooth. Pressure is created.

The resulting living space has neither defined edges nor a homogenous form.

The diverse spaces can be joined and enlarged in a number of ways. The relationships between these spaces are more important than any system of simultaneity. Flexibility in the use of the system grows in step with the intensity of the relationship with the location.

Visit the website of Flöckner + Schnöll – here.