Zurich-based Boltshauser Architekten’s ‘Neubau Lehmhaus Rauch’, located in Schlins, Austria, marries an emphatically modern formal language with a building material that isn’t usually associated with contemporary architecture – clay. ‘As opposed to more organic, archaic clay architecture, the morphology of the building aims towards a certain clarity and sharp-edgedness,’ explains the Swiss practice.
The project’s materiality and form are direct responses to the south-facing escarp into which the house sits. Boltshauser Architekten describe it as ‘a monolithic block, similar to a piece of abstract and artificial nature, had been pressed out of the earth. Two clefts articulate the building of rammed earth, wedging it backwards with the scarp and establishing a frontal prelude or welcoming gesture towards the valley.’
The architects also say:
‘The inside of the house is developed in the form of sequences of individualizable spaces that respond storey-wise to the variable conditions. As opposed to more organic, archaic clay architecture, the morphology of the building aims towards a certain clarity and sharp- edgedness. The strips of clay bricks that are inserted between the typical clay layers optically stabilise the building structure by emphasising the horizontality and heightening the light and shadow effects.’
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