PROGRESSIVE FACADES ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT.<br/>AND HAVE A STYLISH SHELL.
INTELLIGENT USE OF ENERGY – QUALITY MARK OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE.
Less energy consumption for heating and lighting without compromising on comfort and safety. There is no contradiction: builders can make use of effective thermal insulation systems featuring modern cladding materials, as well as energy-saving heating systems and shading, indoor-climate and lighting systems with need-based control. Today, successful contemporary architecture means more than just a rectilinear design.
Successfully placing rectilinear contemporary architecture in the midst of a development plan with a gable roof requirement is a challenge. At least there were no legal building requirements in terms of the facade design for this detached house. Because the contemporary facade is not only a beautifully designed shell – it is also a state-of-theart skin that breathes due to the use of natural materials.
Contemporary architecture is a popular and generally overused term. But what does contemporary mean? What are the criteria for calling architecture “contemporary”? The skilful balance between livability, sustainability and design provocation? Transitionless room concepts with a strong connection between inside and outside? The contemporary facade, at least, is energy efficient, enduringly stylish, natural and easy to maintain.
On a 1,850 m2 plot, wom architects have created a unique building that stands out in an expanding market town with a population of 20,000. A building that polarises opinion not only in Lustenau. But then Vorarlberg‘s architects are wellknown for progressive design. The Austrian architect Peter Oles has not only chosen to use clinker brick slips on the external facade. He also uses them as a design means to connect the exterior with the interior. Sintered brick slips and an exterior insulation and finishing system make the facade not only energy efficient and natural – but also enduringly stylish and easy to maintain. Or you could simply say contemporary.