REGIONAL VALUES AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
The client wanted to create a small, but impressive residence. The detached house is located at the entrance of the Mühlwald Valley at an altitude of 862 m. It blends into the landscape, while at the same time radiating the elegance and tranquillity of a stately home. The square windows of various sizes relate to significant points of the steep mountain scenery in the immediate vicinity and provide breathtaking views of the mountains and forests.
LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS
The harmonious selection of materials such as local sand, limestone and white cement highlight the monolithic character of the building. The emphasis is on the natural tone of the material. The façade surfaces are made of washed coarse plaster. A natural and robust material: brick was selected as the wall material. The rhombus-shaped roof tiles were made by hand from white cement and dolomite sand and then sand-blasted to achieve a perfect match with the façade. All of the materials used, both outside and inside demonstrate their regional roots.
A special emphasis was placed on high quality craftsmanship and the use of typical local materials for the interior. The plaster for the interior walls was made from a composition of slaked lime, marble sand and earth pigments. The warm appearance of the surfaces was highlighted by the use of hand-planed elm wood and Passeir gneiss flooring. Natural materials create a good interior climate and their combination creates a comfortable oasis in the midst of the mountains.
REDUCED ENERGY COSTS
The architects and the client deliberately did not use complicated building technology in order to keep maintenance of the building as low as possible and invested the money in high quality materials.
The project complies with Class B of the Low Energy House Certification in South Tirol. This class describes a building with a heating energy consumption of less than 50 kWh/m2a (kilowatt hours per square metre of living area per year).
To achieve a high level of regional value, a high priority was placed on quality craftsmanship and the use of typical regional materials.
Facts & Figures
Project nameHaus am Mühlbach, South Tyrol, Italy
Porotherm PLAN 50
Year of completion2014
Energy DataHeating energy consumption: 41.54 kWh/m2a Primary energy consumption: 73.28 kWh/m2a