Frastanz, located near Feldkirch between the Rhine Valley and
Arlberg, is home to a large number of businesses. In contrast
to the Bregenzerwald region, this area is firmly in the grip of a
globalized present. Here a flat roof does not prompt a debate
on style anymore, and swimming pools have become a common
phenomenon – even when they are as extravagant as the
one accompanying this house.
The building and the pool are
situated on the urban periphery, densely surrounded by other
structures. The view to the west extends to the Swiss Alps.
Access to the house is from the east side, which is the highest
point on the site, from where one enters the living space,
which seamlessly connects to a garden on the south side. The
open space is delineated by walls on two sides and borders
the pool, which forms a variation in terrain on the northwest.
The gentle slope allowed for placing the bedrooms in the
basement, which is lit from the west side. The building seeks
to offer a sense of security, while opening up to the garden
and the view. The design was further shaped by the form of
the roof connecting to the north-east wall: Privacy and transparency
are synthesized in one gesture. Energy consumption
is very low despite the wide expanses of glass. Heating and
ventilation are coupled with heat recovery, and hot water is
generated by solar collectors.
(Otto Kapfinger - wood works)