House G / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

A typical neighborhood, like any other neighborhood in Vorarlberg’s Rhine Valley, characterizes the environment of the new building. All this are visible signs of an urban sprawl. Faceless places built with scattered settlements and single family homes are signs of an emerging urbanization and densification of the Rhine Valley.

House g / bechter zaffignani architekten
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The property was originally developed by a two-storey family house in the style of the old Rhine Valley houses. A fire destroyed the old building years ago. Due to the given size and form of the land – the narrowest point shows only a width of approximately 10.5m – and the access for the fire service for the eastern neighbours on the other side, the possibilities for a multi-storey building were limited.

House g / bechter zaffignani architekten
© Rasmus Norlander
House g / bechter zaffignani architekten
© Rasmus Norlander

The most promising solution was a single-floor-house with courtyard, which integrates the exterior spaces to extend the internal spaces to the plot boundary. With the terrace on top of the house the whole neighborhood can be overseen. Its easy to relax here and to get as much sunlight as possible all day long.

House g / bechter zaffignani architekten
© Rasmus Norlander

The living and dining areas in the building are defined as open and flowing spaces. The private rooms are grouped together at the rear end of the building. All rooms are connected by the outer courtyard, which in summer is used as an additional living area. The house is heated by gas with underfloor heating. Water heating is supported by solar panels. The floors and the primary structure of the ground floor are built in concrete. The building is founded with micropiles.

House g / bechter zaffignani architekten
© Rasmus Norlander

The property is surrounded with a 1.80 m high concrete wall that defines a protected outdoor area. The facade and the wall is made of exposed concrete with wood texture.

Project Details:

Location: Rheintal, Vorarlberg, Austria
Type: ResidentialHouses
Architects: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, Bregenz
Project Team: Jürgen Haller (Site Management), ZTE Leitner, Schröcken (Structural Engineer), Bernhard Weithas, Lauterach (Building Physicist), Burtscher Bau, Bregenz (Construction Company)
Photos: Rasmus Norlander

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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