52 cubic wood: the material is innocent, but never is the architect

52 cubic wood: the material is innocent, but never is the architect

Architects: JOSEP, Atelier Haumer
Location: Mödling, Austria
Year: 2016
Area: 2.454 ft²/ 228 m²
Photo courtesy: Bernhard Fiedler – JOSEP

“The 52 cubic wood building– produces carbohydrate (glucose) from carbon dioxide CO2 (which equates to 260.000km by car) with the help of the sun. Additionally oxygen is released in the form of breathable air for 100 years per person. This happens interference-free without waste and emissions, it‘s quiet and fully automatic. This is the beauty of the factory called „The forest“.


52 cubic wood – to form and to construct a room with the quality of „Give room – Leave space“. With the basic understanding that „ the material is innocent, but never is the architect“. This responsibillity was taken on by JOSEP in cooperation with Atelier Gerhard Haumer. A star shaped ground plot with a clear sight-axis underlines the project.


52 cubic wood – processed by carpenters and joiners who made sketches and thoughts a reality. In order to achieve architectural quality in the project, a lot of craftsmanship and thinking outside the norm was required.


52 cubic wood home – create a 125m² office on two levels for a client [nursery garden] who plants, cuts, and fosters, so we can rejoice on nature and grow back 52m³ wood.


52 cubic wood residence – is covered half with a mirrored facade. This sensual, atmospheric perception makes explanation unnecessary. Although it’s obvious to create a context between space and nature.


52 cubic wood – that needs our perception, decision, utilisation, action and culture52 cubic wood – as architecture”

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