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DESIGNER
HANS PETER WÖRNDL
DATE
1993
LOCATION
Mondsee, Austria
TYPE
residential
USE
Summerhouse / Performance space
"GucklHupf" Mobile Lookout

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.

TRANSFORMABLE DESIGN FEATURES AT A GLANCE
PRINCIPLE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
folding
ACTUAL
folding
TYPE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
rigid surfaces
ACTUAL
rigid surfaces
SYSTEM
mechanical
ELEMENTS
Building shell
Application Framework
Enclosed Space Open Space
Private Space Public Space
Passive Communication Active
Project Scale
Kinetic Elements Scale
Equipment
People
Intensity of Activity
Fluctuation of Intensity
Periodicity of Fluctuation
Design
New Design Intervention
Requires Support Self Supported
Simple Geometry Complex Geometry
Low Tech High Tech
Manual System Intelligent System
Surface Transformation
Volume Transformation
Morphological Variations
Modularity
Portability
Adaptability
Sustainability
Materials
Conventional Sophisticated
Elastic Rigid
Transparent Opaque
Warm Cold
Weight
Maintenance
Insulation
COST (estimation)

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Image source:

1, 2, 3, 4: Castle, H. (Ed.) (2000). AD | The Transformable House. London: Wiley-Academy, 86-89.

Further Reading:

Castle, H. (Ed.) (2000). AD | The Transformable House.
London: Wiley-Academy. Richardson, P. (2001). XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings.
London: Thames & Hudson.