Called ‘Aichinger House,’ this two storey apartment building reinvented by Hertl Architekten was a restaurant with two bars but the challenge for the architects was to renovate one of the bars into two flats. The most intriguing element of the project is the light grey curtain covering the external walls: a decorative object, normally used indoor, is building a fascinating facade.”
The first floor and the cellar can be reached by an outdoor stairway made of concrete while the existing roof was removed.Like shades, shutters or curtains, they play a role in maintaining privacy and deflecting daylight, but on a much more massive and interconnected scale. The patterns created as they push and pull around window openings are a whole dynamic order of exterior decor unto themselves (as well as the shadows they cast back inside).
Photographs by Kurt Hoerbst
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