The Royer House, spotted on Architizer is a compact, rectangular shaped home in Austria, entirely designed by the Kienesberger Schröckenfuchs Architektur firm. The house, located in a quiet neighborhood nearby Wels is ideal for a small family in search of adopting a peaceful lifestyle, being fond of simple, yet comfortable design. Finished in 2010, the project implies in addition to the house itself, a stunning interior garden, a green space for relaxation, that completes the plain, non-outstanding front street scenario.
The house has a narrow front entrance with narrow windows, creating a shelter of intimacy for its inhabitants. We can easily say that the Royer House is a surprising, yet contradictory home. Its exterior is wrapped in a plain, minimalistic look, being neither creative nor outstanding. But then, as you seep inside, the landscape is completely transformed. A wide space, flooded by light, with furniture made of beautiful solid natural wood welcomes you in the most warm and homey way possible. The living and kitchen area are connected to the interior garden, offering an amazing view upon the green maze of trees and grass. Large wood framed windows, simple furniture lines, an idyllic garden and a new angle of perception. Comfort has just become more accessible. Would you make this your permanent home?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests