BZA - SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE, KLOSTERNEUBURG / LOWER AUSTRIA
Team: Michael Pichler, Robert Hammer
Images: gerner°gerner plus | Matthias Raiger
(…) Andreas and Gerda Maria Gerner have rarely applied the periscope principle as distinctly as they have here. What is new about this approach is the consistent adaptation to the topography: rather than reaching into the sky, the neck stretches down and captures pictures of tree tops and streets. A skylight adds additional diffused light from the north, and at the same time, creates a view to the terrace across the way.
A periscope, that floats over the property and breaks off, downward, along the slope. The living room lies behind, opening up to the south like a funnel. Through the tipped glass façade, one enjoys the landscape as though from a cockpit. Directly in front of the panorama window, two steps lead upward. They invite one to sit down. The simplicity of the house’s structure matches the dynamism with which the form and space are set center stage.
With wise foresight in terms of the future things remain flexible. (…)
Wojciech Czaja, „Baustelle Wohnen (Construction Site Living)”, periscope architecture – gerner°gerner plus, 2007