APOPliving: ... apartments, houses, cities by Gregor Lehrl

By Gregor Lehrl

Driendl is one in all Austria s Most worthy architects. His constructions express a high quality point that's seldom reached. not just do they stand up to a moment look, yet they even require it. Catchwords like "wit" and "innovation" may right here supply an approximate description of his skills. His structures function at the disguise and are within the desk of contents of development surroundings structure journals resembling GA, advert, Abitare, and others.

APOPliving is a really person booklet within which Georg Driendl, in cooperation with experts, covers the total diversity of the subject "living". Like in a theatre play, he divides the subjects into acts and provides every one actor a moment identify. An extract: orchid: structure; bay-leaves: cash; oak wooden: building authority.

The publication bargains a monographic assessment on Driendl s residential constructions and is therefore a reaction to the massive foreign call for. within the comparable time, the architect arranges an specialists discussion filling with existence the totality of residential theories.

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Image top 1 The house-upon-house concept. Continued! top 1 at canal city‘s roof 1996. Coming from an aristocratic background, Prince Golden Rod, always sprucely dressed, has various friends who are looking for apartments in the city centre, yet reject standardised solutions. 92“E ons, with sloping ceilings provoking back pains even on a first visit. They would much prefer a contemporary and modern way of living at roof level, but to date are not aware of any appropriate model. This is where we come in, with our proposal to utilise a property in the immediate vicinity of the Opera House, famous far and wide, by taking the unused attic as the starting point for the development of apartments which do not depend upon the shape of the roof.

The sawmill, which is perhaps a fairly long stone’s throw away, supplies the wood from the village community’s forest, completely doing away with the need for transportation, which is problematic in many respects. The almost exclusive use of local raw materials is not always possible or sensible. Not every property is situated at the edge of a forest. Just as it is not everywhere that quartz sand is quarried nearby to make glass, or steel milled just around the corner – nor is it the case here.

This mixture can, for instance, be manufactured on the building site itself: it is poured in liquid form into a mould and then hardens as it dries. Like stone, concrete can absorb a large amount of pressure. Industrially manufactured building materials that have emerged in modern times include steel, flat glass, plastics – synthetic fibres, etc. Steel is processed to form sheet metal, plates, rods and profiles, and is in this way used as a manufactured semi-prefabricated component in a great variety of dimensions.

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