A historical 16th-century building in Austria gets a green makeover

March 4, 2019 by  
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When architectural studio Peter Ebner and friends was tapped to design a building with two residential units in Salzburg, Austria , the firm not only had to contend with an abandoned historic property onsite but also the challenge of pushback from the local community. Although the existing 16th-century building had been neglected for years, fear of change to the building’s historic appearance sparked anxiety among the community and drove the architects to take an especially sensitive approach. The resulting renovation and expansion includes two new floors strategically stacked above the historic part of the building to echo the roofline of the medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress. The design also integrates energy-efficient technologies to dramatically reduce the building’s power consumption. Peter Ebner and friends has dubbed the adaptive reuse project “a hidden treasure” after its secluded location and its unusual design, which merges historic and modern architecture. The original building was built in the 16th century under Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau. Despite being used for a variety of purposes over the years, the building still retains the original Prince-Archbishop’s coat of arms on one of its facades. Romanesque columns from Salzburg Cathedral can also be found on the ground floor. In contrast to the ivory-colored stucco facade of the renovated historic building, the two-story contemporary addition is wrapped in a reflective metal facade that the architects compare to an “iridescent water surface.” With two owners, the residential building features a flexible interior with rooms of various sizes and shapes that can be closed off or combined depending on intended use. “[We] wanted to create a likeness of the historical city, with its alternation of squares and lanes, open and intimate spaces,” said the architects, who were inspired by the urban planning principle of diversity championed in Vincenzo Scamozzi’s treatise ‘The Ideal of Universal Architecture.’ Related: Minimalist timber home gracefully blends into the Austrian landscape Moreover, the Hidden Treasure Gestüthalle project also boasts a reduced energy footprint. Compared to similar residential buildings in Austria, the building consumes 90 percent less power thanks to green technologies , such as an underground heat pump. + Peter Ebner and friends Via ArchDaily and Elizaveta Klepanova Images by Paul Ott via Peter Ebner and friends

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Recently converted Austrian tavern features terraced rooftop seating

April 4, 2016 by  
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Sono Architects’ Mountain-View House boasts stunning views of the Austrian Alps

June 9, 2015 by  
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Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands

June 9, 2015 by  
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When someone mentions kangaroos, an impressive set of pecs and six-pack abs are not usually the first things that spring to mind. But that’s just what has made Roger, a red kangaroo who lives at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia , famous. He’s six-and-a-half feet tall, weighs almost 200 pounds, and his chest is a rippling mass of muscle that would make any gym rat jealous. Roger’s hobbies include kickboxing and crushing metal pails, but he has a sensitive side, too. He’s sometimes seen cuddling a stuffed toy rabbit. Read the rest of Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alice Springs , animal memes , Animals , australia , Brolga , famous animals , kangaroo dundee , kangaroo sanctuary , kangaroos , roger kangaroo

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Tom’s Hut is a tiny prefab timber cabin in the Austrian wilderness

May 15, 2015 by  
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Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

February 20, 2015 by  
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Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

November 21, 2014 by  
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House D is a Gorgeous Wood-Clad Home Gently Sunken into the Austrian Countryside

January 30, 2014 by  
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Wooden ‘Pavilion for one Summer’ in Austria Uses Parametric Modeling to Mimic Sea Urchin Skeletons

December 13, 2013 by  
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Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo

October 30, 2013 by  
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The edible Austrian Pavilion designed by Chris Precht from Prenda and Alex Daxböck won first runner-up in the international design competition for the Milan Expo 2015 . Inspired by the 2015 expo theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the two artists submitted a very literal concept for the Italian design expo in order to encourage organic agricultural and local food sourcing. Read the rest of Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo , Alex Daxböck , Australian Pavilion , Chris Precht , edible Austrian pavilion , edible garden , feeding the planet expo , organic food production , sustainable gardening , vertical garden        

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