Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH Architects give lecture in Crawford Art Gallery

09 May, 2013

Christoph Duenser

of Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH Architects

will lecture in Cork at the Crawford Gallery Lecture Theatre

Thursday the 16th of June at 6pm


This lecture has been organised in collaboration with the Wood Marketing Federation.

The practice of Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH architects is pioneering firm for innovative wooden architecture and passive House Technology. Christoph Duenser will discuss the practice’s projects, including LCT ONE, a timber frame tower block, in Voralberg, Austria. LCT ONE (ONE LifeCycle Tower) was completed in 2012 and is an example of Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH architects practice goal of developing timber construction over the course of decades of working with the material. He has been designing passive houses since the 1990's in the harsh Voralberg climate. This building again develops that theme in the area of office construction, the building is an eight-storey low energy (13 kWh/m2a), timber frame construction clad in a beautiful reflective skin. The detailing is crisp and minimal. Modulation of the facade is restrained to an expression of the vertical circulation core, and framing of the ground floor entrance portico. The timber columns and beams are expressed inside, softening the aesthetic along with a playful use of colour which highlights certain aspects of structure, sometimes accentuating it and sometimes suppressing it. There is a masterful use of decorative timber linings in the entrance foyer and in parts of the fit-out.

The lecture in Cork this June by the project architect Christoph Duenser promises to be a master-class in the design and execution of passive house commercial projects with low environmental impact. A second in-progress office project IZM, which will be a certified passive house office building will also be presented. Practitioners and an interested public would be well-served in attending this sneak-preview of where the Irish architectural profession should hope to be in the next decade.

Further information on Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH architects may be sourced here

For More Information : Seán Antóin Ó Muirí MRIAI Secretary RIAI Southern Region. RIAI Southern Region c/o Vision Centre North Main Street Cork, Ireland

e-mail: riaiadmin@gmail.com


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