Residential Reskin: 2 Flats Wrapped in Lovely Fabric Facades


It is hard to see a building this dominated by elaborately-draped fabrics and fail to think of the installations of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. But while their works are frequently large-scale, public and artistic in nature, this intervention is a domestic solution for a converted residential property.

Hertl Architekten of Austria (images by kurt hoerbst) reinvented this strange?duplex shrouded in mysterious giant gray drapery, wrapped in enigmatic dark details, and ultimately inhabited inside a box-shaped enigma.

Like shades, shutters or curtains, they play a role in maintaining privacy and deflecting daylight, but on a much more massive and interconnected scale.

The patterns created as they push and pull around window openings are a whole dynamic order of exterior decor unto themselves (as well as the shadows they cast back inside).

Within the building, two flats were fit into the bowels of a former restaurant. The flexible facade also masks this transformation, the material blurring the lines between one home and the next.

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