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House in Ölü-Deniz, Turkey


Project: Walter Stelzhammer
Collaborators: Franz Schneeflock (carpentry), Josef Reiter (blacksmith), Johann Reiter (electrical system), Emin Usta, Mustafa Çardas (stone walls), Kurt Seehofer (sculptures)
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Nocturnal view. The light emanated on the outside through apertures and gratings transforms the elevation into a minutely and elegantly designed feature.
When architects build their own houses, they generally represent an uninteresting architectural equivalent of their economic success. In this case the absolute opposite occurs: an Austrian architect, obsessed by a remote site on the Turkish coast, tries out on himself the extreme situations linked to the archaic process of designing and constructing a house with one's own hands. It is the realization of a dream, a vision; the obsession with creating a particular place, drastically limited by the potential of one's own work and physical energy. It is a singular and elementary building: a true catharsis of technique, space and place. It is an absolutely primitive architecture, which could hardly have been experienced and known in a more essential manner.