Located in Bregenz Forest in Austria, the House Simma is a two-storey sustainable residence which was converted from a brick building from the 1960s.
Architects: Georg Bechter Architektur + Design
Location: Egg, Austria
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter
40 cm thick straw layer was enwrapped into the the existing structure, uneven parts of roof were straightened and overhanging roof edges were cut off, the exterior facade all clad with timber shingle. In this way, a compact structure that is fully insulated and put on low energy standard.
The ground floor in favor of a more open space continuum functional areas are replaced and reassigned so that the previously heavily indented structure is calmed and the impression of spaciousness created.
Inspiration from architect:
The building gets his character by the building expansion like a city which is grown over many centuries. The constructional conditions and the required enlargement fusing the old and the new together to an identity-generating unity.