GERMANN HOUSE / marte.marte Architekten

Feldkirch, Austria - 2009

photos by Bruno Helbling

Approaching the house, it seems monolithic, almost hermetic. Two incisions divide the building, which sits prominently on a relatively level hill, guide guests to a small entrance niche and offer a view of the introverted courtyard to the north. The hard shell opens up towards the valley and the south side, and the extensive glazing reveals the scenery and mountain panorama.


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marte.marte - Maiden tower, Dafins 2013. Located adjacent to the architect’s own house, the new structure provides living spaces for the family’s daughters, who quickly outgrew the house of the expanding family. Closed on three sides, the corten steel tower has floor to ceiling windows on the facade facing the existing home, creating a material and formal dialog between the two buildings. Via, 2, photos (C) Marc Lins, Anne Garbriel-Jürgens.


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Schaufelschlucht Bridge By Marte.Marte Architects Is Second In Trio Of Alpine Structures

This arching concrete bridge is the second of three structures made by Austrian studio Marte.Marte Architects for a winding mountain road in between two Alpine towns (+ slideshow).

The Schaufelschlucht Bridge sits high above the river that runs down by way of the Schanerloch gorge – a single of numerous valleys that crosses the route in between the Austrian city of Dornbirn and the hamlet of Ebnit to the south.

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The cast-concrete structure was developed by Marte.Marte Architects as an arch that curves gently to one particular side to lead from an open road to a tunnel carved appropriate through the mountain.

It spans a length of 16.five metres and has an overall width of five metres.

“The twisting and tapering of the bridge on the valley side provides a clear notion of the structural capabilities of the arch shape, although its counterpart on the Ebnit side withstands the dynamic force of the water, which has carved a deep gorge in the rock face more than the course of thousands of years,” explained the architects.

Completed in 2012, the Schaufelschlucht Bridge follows the Schanerloch Bridge – built in 2005 across another gorge in the mountain landscape.

“The Schaufelschlucht Bridge has been integrated into the tremendous all-natural surroundings just as naturally and impressively as the Schanerloch Bridge ahead of it,” stated Marte.Marte Architects.

“The bridge’s concrete parapets escort motorists and give them a sense of safety as they cross the roaring, rain-swollen waters, and the solidity and equilibrium of the homogeneous structure make it seem invincible and constructed for eternity,” added the group.

The third bridge is however to total, but will also be built from concrete and will be the straightest of the 3 structures.

Photography is by Marc Lins.

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A favorite house of mine, Marte.Marte's Bathhouse is closed off on the exterior with monolithic concrete walls, in turn opening up to a spacious interior court comprised of a pool and cantilevered living spaces, creating a small private oasis for the owners amongst the nondescript suburban surroundings. I recommend checking out their monograph for more on this and their other projects.