Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Village on the roof in Vienna, Austria by PPAG architects ztgmbh
June 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PPAG architects ztgmbh
Inner-city redensification as a highly worthwhile form of living: a joint building venture with whom the property owner’s son was acquainted used the attic space of a typical 19th century gründerzeit building as an excellently located development site. Hardly visible from the street, a unique world unfolds 16 metres above ground level, offering panoramic views over the city.
Tucked into the newel of the staircase, a discreet elevator halts in the open in a small public space, surrounded by an arrangement of slightly receding cubic structures facing the street.
The apartments – a sequence of differently proportioned high rooms as an interior result of playfully observing strict framework conditions – are directly accessible from there. Window openings facing all directions capture the daylight, and a homogenous layer of rendering clads a highly individualized interior. No one terrace overlooks the other. Just like a little Tunisian village.
Together with each group of occupants, the apartments were designed in individual workshops. For some, strict privacy already began there, while others provided us with a description of their lives and let us get on with the rest.
Each apartment consists of room cubes of varying size and height , all with a unique character . The room proportions respond to individual uses. While some of the cubes contain a gallery floor, others extend over two floors (equipped with an internal staircase), and others just have one single floor. Accordingly, room heights vary from a minimum of 2.30 metres to maximum of 5.00 metres, resulting in a vivid roof scape.
Due to their uniform surface ( rendering ) and resultant homogenous appearance, these structures respect the character of the existing gründerzeit architecture ( conservation area ).
Built using a low – energy timber frame construction, including heat recovery ventilation and solar panels contributing to hot water supply.
All four apartments are easily accessed from the third floor via an out side stair case at the rear as well as a new lift leading to a joint open forecourt on the roof.
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