DACHBOX - ROOF CONVERSION, GIESSHÜBL / LOWER AUSTRIA
Team: Michael Seidl
Images: Manfred Seidl
(…) The hitherto attic was too low to be useful and since it could only be scaled over the balcony, difficult to get to. An autonomous loft box came in its place; perched atop the holdings.
A carefully placed gap illustrates the fact that the steel object can be easily dismounted at any time, toying with the object’s independence from a specific site. The fine caesura is a metaphor: the loft box can be removed at any moment with a forklift.
The steel building is minimized to the extreme. The entire visible statics comprises a few cross girders and two X braces using tension ties. (…) The construction spreads its legs like a water bug, placing them on the outermost edges of the building. On the exterior walls, the load is carried directly to the foundation. An elegant Y-junction of the middle supports provides the necessary lateral bracing on the slant. The entire project rests on prefabrication produced to millimeter-precise perfection, which meant a great deal of exact planning. (…)
Wojciech Czaja, „Aus der Reihe (Stepping out of Line)”, „periscope architecture – gerner°gerner plus“, 2007
Metal Construction Prize Domico 1999, 1st Prize