The Gucklhupf is an experimental home planimetrically built upon three assembled squares, built in enameled marine wood [4 x 6 x 7 m.], and moving around a very simple structural system. A skeleton of studs [12 x 12 cm.] and beams [6 x 12 cm.] constitutes the bearing framework onto which the outer fiber-board cladding is applied.
A system of automatic devices and retracting panels positioned at variable heights is united to the structure through dowels, flaps and stainless steel cables. In the interior, two levels and a half cover a surface of 48 square meters.
During the six week long summer opening the construction is used by its residents as a contemplative space, as a stage for small performances, music pieces and poetry readings with clear reference to the Arcadian myth. During the rest of the year the building is used as a home on the lake for sun baths, week-ends or as a temporary shelter. In the winter it is transformed into a boat-house.
Gucklhupf is the outcome of a summer initiative on the theme 'The Stranger' and of the transformation of this theme into a spatial experiment based on the realization in the house's interior of a tension between the opposed polarities of the unknown and the familiar, stasis and movement.

Personally built by the architect the house is also a metaphor of a 'work in progress'. The structure does not tend toward an absolutely final state but allows a progressive deviation from its initial state of stereometric object.
The Guklhupf guides the eyes and the movements of its inhabitants as everyone is free to choose a visual sequence and the number of openings, generating an intimate or visually permeable space. Externally, the facade re-creates the interior loosing its role of wrapping skin.
Under public pressure the building is now removed from the site.

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GucklHupf
1993
Hans Peter Wörndl
Paul Ott

Hans Peter Wörndl
Dornbacher Strasse 107
A 1170 Vienna
Austria

+43(0)1 4861102
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