marte.marte - Maiden tower, Dafins 2013. Located adjacent to the architect’s own house, the new structure provides living spaces for the family’s daughters, who quickly outgrew the house of the expanding family. Closed on three sides, the corten steel tower has floor to ceiling windows on the facade facing the existing home, creating a material and formal dialog between the two buildings. Via, 2, photos (C) Marc Lins, Anne Garbriel-Jürgens.
Hermann Kaufman - LCT One office building, Dornbirn 2011. The structure, which is a pioneering system of prefabricated glue-lam wooden members laced with ribbed concrete, allowed the architect to build an eight story wooden tower (the highest legally allowed by the city) while maintaining proper fire separation between floors. The middle image further illustrates how ridiculous this system is; there are no screws or mechanical fasteners between materials; precast concrete pins are used to secure the wood members, whose grain is cut at the most dense point and oriented to combat the sheer forces created by the vertical columns (section). An amazingly delicate balance of fire protection, structural stability, and material strength.