Green to the point of absurdity
von | Jan 3, 2011

Window and door elements that serve as railings and are suspended horizontally in front of the spacious windows. Or window frames that are positioned abruptly and out of context in the facade. The detached home created by architect Weichlbauer Ortis in Frohnleiten, Austria, turns a house's customary use on its head. The game, which spawns two cubes, the sonly slightly turned and pushed into the other Spiel, or the striking staircase elements that apparently serve either a purely aesthetic function or as supports, are taken to the point of absurdity. Hard- and straight-edged concrete cubes have been packed away in velvety soft green Astroturf. A water outlet hangs from an orange trashcan on the patio. A window profile as a hand rail and a door through which it is certainly not advisable to step... Nothing here seems to be located where it should be.

Weichlbauer und Ortis

Green artificial grass covers the facade of the family home. Supplier: Lenzing GmbH
The concrete construction was made by local firm Ortis GmbH
The orange waste bin is actually a water tank and has been given a prominent position in front of the house
In the middle of a rural environment the home of Weichlbauer Ortis is located
older but were nonetheless impossible
Perception and emergence: For architects Weichlbauer and Ortis, form and shape “emerge” from a kind of “digital compost heap” or “shredded material”, while the overall picture “emerges” as a result of its various components interacting
Single family home in Frohnleiten, Austria of Weichlbauer Ortis Architects. | photos © Peter Eder
Large windows with views of the countryside, supplied by Dr. Maitz GmbH
Architectural data mixing: Window and door components make for rails and staircases have unusal functions or none at all
Paradoxical combination: The window profile as handrail
Geometric optical illusions: Viewed from different angles, a variety of changing space formations materialize
The design process begins with a whole host of small elements. Subsequently, individual components are selected, transformed and dyed. The architects refer to their planning approach as “freestyle planning”