House Rauch
Schlins, Austria, 2005 - 2008
Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH
Arch. Roger Boltshauser, Martin Rauch
Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH

The site for the residential house oversees the village of Schlins in Vorarlberg, Austria, on a steep south slanted hill. The house which was finished in 2008 reacts in its position and in its character directly to the topographic gradient of the slim plot and its genuine landscape context: A monolithic structure becomes a sculptural bloc, an abstract and artificial nature pressed upward from the underlying earth. Through this process the technique of solid rammed earth walls results in the wish to build a house exclusively with ecological materials. The construction shows, because of the planning cooperation with Roger Boltshauser and the resulting construction of the house through the constructor and earthen structure craftsman Martin Rauch, a consistently experimental approach. Martin Rauchs experiences and self-contained knowledge in the course of his works, led to subsequent fine tuning on the building process.

(pictures: Beat Bühler, Martin Rauch)