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.
52 Cubic Wood in Mödling, Austria by JOSEP
August 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: JOSEP
52 cubic wood – produces carbohydrate (glucose) from carbon dioxide CO2 (which equates to 260.000km by car) with the help of the sun. Additionally oxygen is released in the form of breathable air for 100 years per person. This happens interference-free without waste and emissions, it‘s quiet and fully automatic. This is the beauty of the factory called „The forest“.
52 cubic wood – to form and to construct a room with the quality of „Give room – Leave space“. With the basic understanding that „ the material is innocent, but never is the architect“. This responsibillity was taken on by JOSEP in cooperation with Atelier Gerhard Haumer. A star shaped ground plot with a clear sight-axis underlines the project.
52 cubic wood – processed by carpenters and joiners who made sketches and thoughts a reality. In order to achieve architectural quality in the project, a lot of craftsmanship and thinking outside the norm was required.
52 cubic wood – create a 125m² office on two levels for a client [nursery garden] who plants, cuts, and fosters, so we can rejoice on nature and grow back 52m³ wood.
52 cubic wood – covered half with a mirrored facade. This sensual, atmospheric perception makes explanation unnecessary. Although it’s obvious to create a context between space and nature.
52 cubic wood – that needs our peception, decision, utilisation, action and culture
52 cubic wood – as architecture
The brief was to design a small office within a market(show)garden. Our goal was to create a space with different possible uses that subordinates to nature.
The star-shaped form develops from an interaction between the space inside and its environment. Unlike common withdrawn housing typologies, it opens itself similar to a sprouting seed. The form creates a continuous open space inside and offers different framed views into the surrounding nature of the showgarden.
Since most of the supporting walls and ceilings are not cased a lot of craftsmanship was required in order to get perfect connections between different materials. On the cupboards we didn’t put any handles or push-to-open fittings, they all work with hidden gripping grooves.
The construction is environmentally sustainable and doesn’t use any Styrofoam insulation. Some of the balconies are just 50cm in width, they seamlessly connect the inside to the outside and enlarge the room.
Mirror always means communication. The reflection creates a communication with the beautiful surrounding nature and integrates the building at eye level into it. Making the top floor seemingly floating.
A feeling of an open space within nature. The star-shaped form organizes each level into three areas, in level one: entry – work – facilities and in level two: head office – communication – recreation.
The materials spruce, ash, linoleum and the color white underline the sustainable concept and create a cohesion between the different areas. The materials don’t end in itself but in construction, function and architecture.