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Haus Rauch / The Rauch House


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The town of Schlins in Vorarlberg has long been a Mecca for all those with an interest in clay construction. On the steep southern slope, the clay builder Martin Rauch worked together with Zurich architect Roger Boltshauser to erect his new artist's residence. From its foundation all the way to its fl at roof, it is made entirely of excavated soil from the site on which it is built: the floors and arched ceilings, the plasterwork on ceiling and walls, the washstands, tiles, and stairs - all are made from the single material clay in its various forms.
The house is a show house as well as the document of a unique collaboration. At the sametime, it is a striking example of how, with the structural and design limitations of this «soft» and massive building technique, a spatially and tectonically adequate design can be achieved - and how an archaic building technique can be used in a contemporary manner. With today's renewed focus on energetic and ecological consequences, clay construction, with its special ecological, organic, and aesthetic qualities, is again becoming a subject of widespread interest. The structure presented in this book has received national and international awards and represents a milestone in the field.

About the Author:

Otto Kapfinger studierte Architektur an der Technischen Universität Wien und ist heute freiberuflich tätiger Architekturforscher und -kritiker. Er ist Rezensent der Tageszeitung "Die Presse", Autor und Kurator zahlreicher Publikationen und Ausstellungen zur Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts in Österreich.

Axel Simon studierte Architektur in Düsseldorf und Berlin sowie Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur in Zürich. Tätigkeit als Architekt in Deutschland und der Schweiz. 1999-2005 arbeitete er als Entwurfsassistent an der ETH Zürich. Seit 2000 schreibt er als freier Architekturkritiker für verschiedene Tageszeitungen sowie für Fachzeitschriften und -bücher in der Schweiz und Europa (www.architekturtexte.ch).

Roger Boltshauser studierte Architektur an der HAT Luzern und der ETH Zürich. 1996 gründete er in Zürich Boltshauser Architekten. Er lehrt Entwurf an der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Chur und dem Chur Institute of Architecture (CIA).

Martin Rauch zählt in Europa zu den Pionieren der technischen und künstlerischen Aktualisierung traditioneller Lehmbauweisen. Sein besonderes Interesse gilt der Stampflehmtechnik. 1999 gründete er die Lehm Ton Erde, Baukunst GmbH in Schlins/Vorarlberg.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9783034601092
  • Publisher: Birkhauser
  • Publisher Imprint: Birkhauser
  • Depth: 19
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 175
  • Series Title: German
  • Sub Title: Ein Modell moderner lehmarchitektur / A Model of Advanced Clay Architecture
  • Width: 173 mm
  • ISBN-10: 3034601093
  • Publisher Date: 22 Dec 2010
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Language: German
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 23 mm
  • Weight: 544 gr

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