Finstral glazing for every need
Excellent use of light and space
Cultural manager Peter Paul Kainrath has had a very special villa built in his homeland of South Tyrol. Designed by his father Rainer Kainrath, this house on the Wine Route effortlessly blends contemporary style with traditional architecture, spacious rooms with reduced external dimensions and extensive use of glazing with high energy efficiency.
Architect Rainer Kainrath explains: “After spending some years abroad, I returned and decided to expand my parents’ house” – a building dating from the 1960s and 1970s, situated in the midst of vineyards – “with a standalone structure”. Thus arose the idea of a large, light and airy building that also had sufficient space and a modern ambience for Kainrath’s extensive music and book collection. The idyllic situation of his parents’ house however meant considerable restrictions on the volume. Architect Rainer Kainrath rose to this particular challenge and found a solution that is as interesting as it is elegant.
Ideal use of hillside location
As the existing construction was located on a slope, Rainer Kainrath also set the new building partially into the incline. A basement, two full floors and an attic could be added without any offset to the floors of the old building. The surface area dimensions of the new multi-storey structure are approximately 10 m x 8 m, more or less the same as for the old building. The special feature of the design is however in the basement: completely invisible from the outside, it conceals a 150 m² music room connected by a corridor to the cellar of the multi-storey building, and extending the lower level by over 20 metres. The room ceiling is an accessible green flat roof with several skylights, fully integrated into the garden.
So as not to lose any daylight on account of the building’s location on the slope, the architect planned wide light wells and large glazed areas both for the music room and the multi-storey part of the building. The projecting roof, which offers protection from the weather to a terrace, also features a glass indentation of some 15 m² that extends to the house wall. This glazing not only provides the external seating area with pleasant daylight, but also allows light to enter all three above-ground levels of the new building. Together with the visible concrete used the numerous glass areas give the new building a clearly contemporary expression that is also reflected in the light and airy room layout of the house. The traditional clay tile roofing and the reduced visible external dimensions of the design mean that it adapts harmoniously to the style of the parents’ house.
Elegant and energy-efficient glazing
“For the heating we chose a modern gas-fired underfloor heating system, thus avoiding a hermetic low-energy building concept”, says Peter Paul Kainrath. To maintain the energy balance of the house despite the significant use of glass, he nevertheless required very high energy characteristics from the planned glazing systems. The new FIN-Project aluminium programme from the South Tyrolean window manufacturer Finstral was ideal for the job. “This programme is excellent both in terms of its timeless and very elegant frame design and its outstanding energy ratings, as well as the full range of accessories such as handles and shades”, says Kainrath. Finstral’s FIN-Project programme was able to meet the need for a wide variety of functions: fixed glazing, frameless and tilting windows, balcony doors and a quadruple-glazed front door.
FIN Project aluminium programme
Finstral’s FIN-Project aluminium programme bridges the gap between current architectural trends and high energy efficiency. The new system structure, consisting of a multi-chamber PVC profile with a central seal that is firmly bonded with the aluminium profiles both inside and outside, is not only extremely slender but also offers excellent thermal insulation (up to Uw = 0.83 W/m²K), high airtightness and protection against driving rain. All programme elements are optimally matched in aesthetic terms and thereby ideally suited to a sophisticated clientele and aluminium-oriented building projects.
Text reference: pro publica