This new wooden building involves innovative residential units, as well as a commercial space, which is used as an office.
In order to fit the object into the grain of the surroundings, a large volume was deliberately avoided. To create an equalization of the cubature and a delicate appearance, two structures instead of one were planned. This also offered the possibility of individually adapting the positioning of the volumes to the street layout and integrating the new residential building into the existing structure.
The object was realized from the first floor onwards in solid wood construction and clad with a modern rhombus facade made of regional pre-greyed larch wood.
The 13 residential units of the object are distributed on the two and a half upper floors of each building. The office space is located on the ground floor, and an underground garage and storage facilities are located in the basement. On the second floor and the top floor, modern maisonette apartments impress with special sight lines in the interior.
The orientation of the apartments to the south and south-west respectively guarantees numerous hours of sunshine on the curtained balconies. The balcony railings transition into the wooden cladding of the house and visually merge into one unit. Generous window areas provide special views and plenty of daylight throughout the property.
In south-western orientation there is a courtyard with freely accessible garden area including a playground.
The two residential buildings are connected by a common access area – the staircase forms the point of articulation. The natural larch wood guardrail has a sculptural effect, creates charming plays between light and shadow and becomes an eye-catcher in the courtyard.
On the roadside, the connecting piece between the residential buildings stands out from the white plaster facade with diagonally inserted wooden panels. In harmony with the rhombus facade, these wooden elements are also made of pre-greyed larch wood and thus visually pick up the facade cladding. Further wooden elements are embedded in the facade in front of the apartment entrances. This allows plenty of daylight to pass through the gaps, creating unique light effects depending on the time of day, while at the same time preserving the privacy of the residents and providing protection from environmental influences.
The residential units are built based on a standard floor plan, which inhibits the transmission of sound in the wooden structure. Additional sound insulation is also provided by multi-layered partition walls.
Timber construction is still a rarity in the residential construction sector – but with the courage to think outside the box, an innovative approach was ventured. The residential complex in Moosburg combines functionality and aesthetics in a contemporary and sustainable manner.
Dipl. Ing. Mario Toferer, BSc
Dipl. Ing. Lukas Leitner, BSc
New Construction | Residential Housing
Moosburg | Carinthia | Austria