Found on Architizer his residence is a fascinating modern home that shows us how contemporary materials can enhance the beauty of modern residential designs. The Folded Corten House displays 215 square meters of wide open spaces visually connected to the outside with the help of expansive use of glass both on the walls and on the ceilings. The mesmerizing Corten-cladded residence was designed by Austrian studio X Architekten with offices in Vienna and Linz. By resizing and revamping an existing 1920s residential building, the architects designed a link between the public and private area by folding and cutting a Corten steel panel.
The slightly sloped terrain allowed the architects to use this little detail in constructing a clear line between the addition and the original building, seen in the difference between levels and use of building materials. The client’s brief included several points: modern energy standards, strong visual connection to the surroundings, a clearer living space, and terraces that seamlessly connect the interior spaces to the surrounding landscape. Located on the southern border of the Linz city in Austria, the geometric terraced house is unique in both concept and design. How do you feel about Corten cladding – is it too bold?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests