Through a very sculptural design approach Hans Peter Wörndl built the “GucklHupf” Mobile Lookout to participate in the Upper Austrian ‘Festival of the Regions’ in Mondsee. It was actually a small summerhouse that also hosted local music and poetry performances. The main objective of the architect, who was personally involved with the construction, was to provide the inhabitants with the ability to modify their living space, the lighting conditions within and the views of the surrounding environment according to their needs and wishes. The wooden structure followed a simple geometry. Its most interesting aspect was manifested through its ability to transform from a solid box to an intricate lookout with its moving partitions opening and closing in different settings. The folding of the panels relied on simple mechanisms that allowed for a variety of building shapes and frames of the exterior views. Despite the fact that the architect envisioned the structure in a state of constant transformation, it was denied permission to remain on site and therefore it was dismantled.
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