Lasttragendes Strohballenhaus in Dornbirn

Herbert Gruber
Written by Herbert Gruber

For the straw bale house in Dornbirn, straw is not only used as a good insulating material, but also as a supporting structure

Key data

Province:VorarlbergCity:DornbirnCompletion:2014Type of Construction:load-bearing bigbalesDesign/ArchitectureGeorg BechterPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Photocredit:bechter.eu
U-Value (Wall):W/m2KU-Value (Roof):W/m2KCategories:Load Bearing Big Bale, Projects Austria, Straw Bale Lighthouse Project,
More about this Straw Bale House

For the straw house in Dornbirn, straw is not only used as a good insulating material, but also as a supporting structure. Ecological building materials, low tech and an innovative floor plan concept characterise the house.
The building with its 120cm thick outer shell offers an open space concept on the inside. In the “free hall of straw”, 4 living boxes made of wood are placed – technology, washing+working, sleeping 1 and sleeping 2. This creates a flowing transition of the different usage zones. The wooden boxes can be opened with sliding doors. This creates rooms that can be configured in different ways.

Für das Strohhaus in Dornbirn wird Stroh nicht nur als gutes Dämmmaterial eingesetzt, sondern auch als Tragkonstruktion genutzt. Ökologische Baustoffe, Low Tech und ein innovatives Grundrisskonzept prägen das Haus.
Das Gebäude mit der 120cm dicken Außenhülle bietet im Inneren ein offenes Raumkonzept. In die „freie Halle aus Stroh“ sind 4 Wohnboxen aus Holz eingestellt – Technik, Waschen+Werken, Schlafen 1 und Schlafen 2. Es entsteht ein fließender Übergang der verschiedenen Nutzungszonen. Die Holzboxen können mit Schiebetüren geöffnet werden. So entstehen Räume, die unterschiedlich konfiguriert werden können.

About the author

Herbert Gruber

Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh in Europa" (New Building with Straw in Europe), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "STEP" (Strawbale Training for European Professionals) and the Erasmus project "BuildStraw Pro" (a project to get formal national recognition of the training) and "Make your City Smart". As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.