Folded House by Xarchitekten



Folded House is a residence in the Wienerwald, Austria, designed by Linz and Vienna practice Xarchitekten.


A sloping walkway wraps around the house allowing access to the garden from any room.


Photos by Max Nirnberger except where stated otherwise.


Above photo by Lorenz Prommegger.

Here's some more information from Xarchitekten:

The client commissions a residential building which is considered as a statement of modern architecture and at the same time communicates with the rural environment.


The interior is to be designed as an open living space and it is important to have a light and sunny living atmosphere.


This modern residential building is situated in the Wienerwald (Vienna woods), a recreational area north of the city of Vienna.


The slope property enables the residents to get a good view over a hilly and wooded landscape.


The residential building stands out through its rural environment and its immediate proximity to the urban office buildings of the Danube City Vienna.


The building fits into the surrounding landscape. The forms and materials, which correspond to the conception of the client, signalise exclusiveness.  Above photo by Lorenz Prommegger.


The folding of the rooms and the interior development realise an analytically clear structure.


The building as a serpentine line enables residents a ground level access to the gardens on all levels. The garden, attic, bedrooms and living rooms are intertwined.


The folded house combines two elements: The serpentine line gives the impression to create more space.


The building enables the residents to enjoy the surrounding landscape with room-high windows to the south. The colour white emphasises this leading element. A protecting wall on the north side completes the folding of the room.


The vertical development – realised as a light notch along the whole building – combines both elements. The light notch adds more light by additionally leading vertical daylight into the building and therefore enables a quick orientation.


Location: Vienna Woods, Lower Austria

Planning data:
Direct order 2001
Start of planning: 2001 Start of construction Phase I: June 2003
Handing over Phase I: August 2004
Start of construction Phase II: March 2007
Handing over Phase II: January 2008

Constructional data:
Built-up area: 200 m2
Floor space: 300 m2
Construction Phase I: Concrete Structure
Construction Phase II: Wooden Structure

Linz and Vienna
Partners: David Birgmann, Bettina Brunner, Rainer Kasik, Max Nirnberger, Lorenz Prommegger
Collaborators: Gisela Hesser and Christian Hoffmann

Text: Wolfgang Haas
Pictures: Max Nirnberger, Lorenz Prommegger

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Posted on Friday May 29th 2009 at 1:45 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • R

    OMG! They folded a floor into a wall which then became the floor of the level above and of the level below. I really needed the five! concept pictures and drawing to grasp this ingenious, innovative and never seen before concept.

  • ste

    well to be honest i got a little problem with all the 3 shown Xarchtiecten projects… all 3 grab some of the actually common ideas (fold, play with rhino,..) and make projects… my problem is that they are kinda underdeveloped… like “hey a nice idea” lets build a house ;-)
    so on the positive side there are some nice spaces in this house… but some details are a bit weak.. especially in the context of austrian architecture where many great detailed houses are built every year!

  • Vox

    It’s a nice idea / concept, but allready exist, check UN Studio Ben van Berkel house moebius!

  • dina

    the concept isn’t so extraordinarily original but i do love the way how they managed to make everywhere so accessible! not an easy task! great job!

  • gab xiao

    the dude should have apprenticed longer with delugan-meissl before building a house. tormented as it looks, it doesn’t bring any good to the surroundings

  • v vv

    i do not see weak details here, ste!

    i have not seen that combintion of pre- to early- 50’s style materials and folding yet. the garden level and the roof does look great, like standard with twist.

    i like it.

  • KDS

    Too much time spent thinking about the diagram, and not nearly enough time spent on detailing or space making. Not nearly as interesting as it first appears.

  • Bozo

    Naysayers everywhere.
    Who cares if the concept has been done before.
    Very well done.

  • d3peeto

    im no expert but i agree it doesnt seem all that after first glance… it would have been nice to see the approach being translated into the interior spaces and more consideration towards materiality in terms of the site…

  • MrCoolTeapot

    anyone find the paper fold sequence more interesting than the house?

    Does this remind anyone of Hans Scharoun? My first thought when I looked at the thing.

    The hand railings annoy me. They seem distracting. Either align them to the roof surface or align them to the ground. In between seems in between.

  • Steve

    perfect opportunity for a green roof…