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Liechtenstein & Vorarlberg

- by Matej Gašperič

Beautiful architecture, fantastic construction details, pleasant people…

Just returned from the study trip to Liechtenstein and Austria’s Vorarlberg and I am still felling overwhelmed by everything we have seen. Trip was organized by CIPRA (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps) to, through exemplary cases, popularize sustainable buildings approach.

Austrians, probably due to their forest rich land and long tradition are true masters in wooden constructions. But there are quite some of us in Slovenia, architects, constructors and builders alike, that have committed ourselves to sustainable building. And we are prepared to study, to learn,… and to work hard. And I’d say we are catching up.

Since I recon, that photos I made, would tell the story much better than me, I opted for a photo blog this time, share with you some highlights of the trip.

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Amazing, ultra modern, Liechtenstein parliament, completely mad of…

 
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House Z

- by Matej Gašperič

It has been love at first sight.
When I visited the site for the first time, I was absolutely amazed by the beauty of it. I couldn’t believe my luck, that a pleasant young family, who chose to settle here, asked me to make it their home.
Ironically, it has been an unspoiled beauty of the place, that made me especially anxious. Doubts arose, if I am capable to address the site like this properly.
What am I allowed to put there in order not to ruin its beauty?
A steep sloped terrain and a bit nasty – westerly – orientation, that denies me a southerly sun while, on the other hand, threatens to overheat the house during the summer afternoons… all that haven’t helped much either.
All that lead, first to the detailed observation and sketching of the site, to 3D aerial scan with quadrocopter and to making a numerous balsa models for study purposes….

 
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Plot of Land

- by Matej Gašperič

Today, I have been lucky, to be able to visit an amazingly beautiful plot of land somewhere in the hills of western part of Slovenia. It would be a privilege to be trusted to make an architecture for this place. Clients, a couple with two kids – really nice and warm people, just prove to be a pleasant addition to this site.

Site analysis…

Wind directions, winter and summer sun paths, relief, existing trees, terrain conditions, shadows,…

Everything is important in order to be able to architecture for the place.

The lecture, I have been tought last summer by the Masters, is just to important to be ignored. Lindsay – experience really does go deep and wide.

Nature tells us everything… if we just take a time to understand it.

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