Architects Collective

Obstbau Leeb

Project description

Production facility for fruit with shop
in passive house energy standard

Location

St. Andrä am Zicksee, AUT

Client

Vera & Albert Leeb

Completion

2009

Floor area

400 m²

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The new production facility of Obstbau Leeb, an organic apple farmer in Sankt Andrä in the Burgenland region of Austria, is as versatile as it is elegant. It only took four months to build this cleverly folded box structure whose large panels can easily be pulled, pushed, opened and closed at any given time.

A multifunctional beauty
It is surprising how aesthetically pleasing a production facility can become: The building is characterized by its prefabricated wooden elements, which sit in a delicate timber frame construction. The facade’s materiality radiates a rough and pure aesthetic. The coarse OSB panels, glazed in apple green and dark brown, stand in exciting contrast to the precisely set aluminum profiles, which, for their part, divide and structure the even surface.

Refined sustainability
Two large sliding doors transform the commercial building into an oversized market stand with changing views to the outside - the surrounding landscape - as well as to inside - the apple processing hall, the sales space and adjoining rooms. The structure is designed to passive house sustainability standards. Renewable raw and recycled materials, as well as upcycled furniture are primarily used throughout the building.




A cleverly folded box structure, whose large panels can easily be pulled, pushed, opened and closed at any given time. 


The coarse OSB panels, glazed in apple green and dark brown, stand in exciting contrast to the precisely set aluminum profiles.


Bicycle tubes are transformed into lamps

"...Individual chips have come off the panels. The surface has lost its smoothness, but the little bit of roughness brings character..."

zuschnitt 63


Site plan: First floor


Significant design element: The foldable porch as a protection against weathering


“...The demand is high: Young farmers rely on direct marketing in the eastern corner of Austria. And on architects who help them to develop a corporate identity."

Bauwelt 25.10


Fast and favorable building with pre-fabricated wood elements

Renewable raw and recycled materials, as well as upcycled furniture are primarily used throughout the building.