Villa Deconstructa

79206 Breisach: Active and passive use of solar energy, use of recycled building materials. Client and architect: Thomas Spiegelhalter, completion 1993

Street Hafenstrasse
Building type  Execution in massive, highly heat-insulated low-energy construction method
New construction, renovation  New building
Form of ownership Property
Location  On the edge of a mixed-use area in Breisach harbour, now part of the outskirts of the city.
Size (WE)  1 residential unit with working unit (meeting room with stage)
Residents Approx. 4 (as of 1993)
Completion  1993

Sustainability measuresB-DCBA level
Ecology  Active and passive use of solar energy, use of recycled building materials
Economics  The solar system is federally funded as a demonstration and test system for 70%.
Socio-cultural Due to the procedural development, the clients had a high degree of co-determination.
Special features The majority of the construction has been developed on site. For the architectural sculpture, recycled materials and remounted gravel works and dredging lake elements have been used constructively.
Publications O. Humm; P. Toggweiler: Villa Deconstructa by Th. Spiegelhalter. Photovoltaics and Architecture. The integration of solar cells into the building envelope, ed. Federal Office of Energy Management, 1993.

Böbel; Frey: House in the gravel pit by Th. Spiegelhalter. Roof construction in detail, 1993

Spiegelhalter, Thomas: Solar Gravel Factory Architecture. Darmstadt, 1993

"The Scrap Heap. Michael Uhl wanted to live in a work of art. That went wrong." BZ 14.12.1996

Detailed project description (2,7 MB)
Axel Rupp (2005), Karlsruhe


Synonymous names: Villa Deconstructa, Villa Deconstructivista, Villa Deconstructivistica.

Last Updated: January 23, 2021

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