Streckhof Reloaded is a family house designed by Austria-based firm Franz Architekten. The spatial organization is clearly divided and determined by 3 volumes (parking, living, sleeping) linked up by a glazed passageway.
Viewing from the street, the first black box serves as the parking and storage spaces with the entrance located in between. Once entering the house, a long passageway visually and physically connects the 3 volumes and stretches to the rear garden, giving a sense of blurring the edge between inside and outside. Pocket spaces are fully utilized for outdoor activities where the wooden terrace and swimming pool located.
We grew up in the sheltered space of the Streckhof. It was important to create intimate outdoor areas. Every room was to have light from the south and a relationship to the garden. -Robert Diem, franz
When seen from the road the house's black polycarbonate facade is easily the most striking aspect of the design, what sets it apart from the traditional neighbors. A canopy and shallow stoop hint at the glass link that extends from the front door to the rear pavilion. Each 6.6 x 16.6m (21-1/2 x 54-1/2-foot) box is offset from each other, relating to the functions contained within each black container. For example, the two-car garage takes up roughly 2/3 of the space of the first box to the right of the entry, yet the open living area takes up about 3/4 of the next box to the left of the corridor.
Between the living and sleeping pavilions are a terrace and pool, what can be seen as the main outdoor space, a "room" equivalent in size to one of the containers. When seen as a whole the house is comprised of five elements: this pool area, the three pavilions, and the glass walkway. This last piece animates movement between the pavilions, adding splashes of light to the promenade and alternating the experience of open/closed, inside/outside. It's a simple parti, but one that responds to the client's needs and background.