The Dwelling that Transports You Beyond The Everyday

It is only every now and then that a truly unique creation comes along to provide a new frame of reference for everyday life – and Ad2 Architekten’s CoMED is Vienna’s latest. Some see origami like features in the design. And certainly its irregular folds and trapeziums make it a design that takes some studying to get your head around.

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Ad2 Architekten is a Vienna-based studio formed of two architects Andrea Daemon and Andreas Doser. Their award winning designs pay close attention to the basic human needs of comfort, light and inspiration. All their buildings, from offices to blocks of flats, have a striking appearance.

In CoMED, grey and blue exterior colours make way for an all-black and white interior. With plants next to the glass front, the colour green pops out to create a sense of nature and contrast with the building, complementing the overall blue theme’s emphasis on the colours for water and wellness. In the summer, the sunset turns the whole western facade a brilliant red.

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We had a chat with Andrea and Andreas to find out their thoughts behind the project.

THE PLUS: What inspired the use of a limited colour palette?
Andrea Daemon & Andreas Doser:
The client’s desire was to spend their spare-time in a well-lit dwelling. Brightness requires good weather conditions and a blue sky. But since there are many different types of blue, the facade changes colour from morning to sunset. Black panels are used for signing the entrance and framing the large‐scaled windows and the whole courtyard on the façade next to the street.

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TP: You’ve mentioned that the interior is client‐specific. Is the client happy with the overall experience of living in CoMED?
Ad2:
Yes, the whole family enjoy living in the new house. The furniture and also the equipment for the wellness area, sauna and steam sauna are all client-specific. It was difficult to explain to our client all the features during the planning process. We are glad that our clients have confidence in us during the whole time and now by using they really love all the features they got.

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TP: You use a lot of trapeziums and irregular shapes. What do you like about them?
Ad2:
Our buildings should be like a habitable topography. Not every function needs a rectangular shaped room. People who live in our houses should have experiences by using their space/building he or she should remember the light situation and it should be like adventure or an experience. Every day should be like a small holiday.

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TP: How did you prepare for the unique design process?
Ad2:
In order to get well performed skins we prefer the use of irregular shape and trapeziums. Each gap is well planned and goes on with another structural part. We study well the style of the blank of our house’s facades because it shows how deep the design process was. We don´t want randomness in our work we like and we sell well thought‐out plans.

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TP: Which is your favourite feature of CoMED?
Ad2:
I cannot decide between the kind of courtyard on east side, which exposes kitchen, bathroom and shower area in the treetop or the connection of the house with the projecting pool and the outdoor facilities like shower, garden‐kitchen. It was a great challenge to do so many.

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TP: What are the most important features of your personal dream homes?
Ad2:
The most important thing is privacy. The building must be well thought through in terms of its surroundings – especially when it comes to finding new ways of creating good neighbourhoods. Because our climate forces us to spend much time inside, big windows for connecting inside with the surrounding garden for bird (and so on) watching are a must have in our architecture.

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TP: Where does the inspiration for your designs come from?
Ad2:
At the beginning of a new design we analyse what our clients want and then visit the plot to watch how the sun goes round, see which landmarks we should highlight and see which part would be best for the private terrace. Once we’ve assessed the client’s requirements against the analysis of the building plot and the cost factor, inspiration comes automatically.

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TP: Do you often dream about the future?
Ad2:
We avoid to build trendy architecture and we don’t dream about the future. But at the same time if you don’t go forwards, you go backwards. And in order to be able to design space for our client’s, future we have to think about new design. Dreaming about the future has already began by becoming an architect many years ago.

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Photographer: Hertha Hurnaus

Site Plan:
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Floor Plan:
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