Photo © Hertha Hurnaus

DOZ Multifunctional building

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Fliess, Austria

A strong implant amidst the traditional village located high above the valley bottom. The small compact construction on a former warehouse site gives a present-day answer to the neighborhood’s sturdy old buildings. Like a cliff coming into view through wind and water, the gray-plastered house rises through the vectors of leveling and distance measurements, boundaries of properties and functions, resembling crystal cut angularly on all sides. The interior is amazing in its open rooms, diverse views and vistas. On the crooked slope, the free-standing structure is linked to the exterior level at four different places: a tourist inquiry office, café, multipurpose hall and exhibition room enjoying separate entrances. The staggered levels can be combined variably inside, but also be interconnected to one single open-plan room.

The house has no thresholds and is accessible on all sides, the street space is arranged without differences in height and continues, as it were, into the inside. Limited costs hindered a planned skin of stone slates. The interior is materially minimal as well: raw and smoothed concrete, wooden panels and wall units.

Gemeinde Fließ

Invited Competition
05.1999 - 1st prize

812 m²


Herwig Göbel

Supervisor: Karl Gitterle
Structural engineering: DI Georg Pfenninger

Hertha Hurnaus

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