The Seifert House : The Architecture at its purest
The Seifert House
The Architecture at its purest
Bau Kultur, March 12, 2018
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


House we love

Mrs. Seifert, sixty-four years old and curator of an art gallery, commissioned this house after her previous home, an approximately 150 years old building, burned down. For her new home she demanded a particular requirement - namely, the new house (contrary to her previous one) should fuse with nature in order to give her an immanent feeling of the change of seasons.


Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


Subsequently, the conception of the house became a deep engagement with Mies van Der Rohe, in particular with the Farnsworth House, and the question of how a space should be constituted in order to open itself to the surrounding by simultaneously offering privacy. Furthermore, it became an investigation of how much freedom in space effectively determines the way of living in contrast to a few certain spatial determinations that liberate. Whereas the first model refers to Rietveld’s attempts to create freedom e.g. by means of sliding doors etc. the later model refers to Mies’ structured open plan.

Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


The house was built as a passive house (no cooling or heating required) with an incredible low budget (1.400 €/m2) within a construction period of less than seven months. Since the beginning of the year 2006 Mrs. Seifert lives in the house - with no regrets.

Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


Architect: Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR, Austria
Location: Volkersdorf, Enns, Austria
Structure Engineer: Helmut Schiebel

Contractor: Winfried Orth

Materials: Concrete & Glass
Photographs: Paul Ott.


Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott
Seifert House by Michael Shamiyeh - BAU|KULTUR_Paul Ott


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