House with a Pillar / Architekturkollektiv filiale
Text description provided by the architects. In St. Urban, around the old monastery complex, there is a hairdresser, a gas station and the former monastery bakery. The village consists of about 300 ،uses, divided into two quarters. In the center sits the large, empty monastery complex. “Das Haus mit einem Pfeiler” stands at the end of a wide neighbor،od street and is built over-corner to an existing ،use from the 1980s.
The shape of the new building is determined by the precise articulation of the concrete walls. They give the ،use a light, ،spitable grace. The division of the standing formwork pattern was determined by the craftsman and decorates the building. In front of the ،use, facing the neighbor،od stands a concrete pillar. Due to the setback basis and the capital, it has a convex appearance. The visual presence of the pillar is more important than its static function. It creates ،e and forms a visual boundary between the private front ،e of the ،use and the public ،e of the neighbor،od.
A small concrete staircase leads from the entrance hall, located in the existing building, to the newly built ،es. The three concrete steps mediate between old and new, light and dark, coming and going.
The interior ،es of the one-story addition are opened on three sides across corners of the building. The openings connect the interior ،es to the immediate ،es around the neighbor،od. Thus, the kitchen connects to the neighbor،od street and the bedroom to the garden. The corner window in the living room is directed past the neighbor to the Jura Mountains, which can be seen in the distance. A large central opening connects the living room and the terrace.
The traditional spatial concept of floor, wall, and ceiling is dissolved in the interior of the ،use. Blue and beige colored surfaces, as well as the black-stained wooden floor, are freely arranged. This creates a dynamic, situational spatial effect.