Bronze Winner 2023 – COMMOD “The little Brother” - Architecture Collection
Bronze Winner of the Houzee Awards 2023

COMMOD "The little Brother"

Prefabricated and Modular Housing

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Design Team:

DI Volker Ast, Oumaima Laassibi MSc, Gamze Olcay B.Arch, Mag. Lisa Gatterbauer, DI Ingmar Zwirn, DI Michaela Maresch Bsc, DI Rita Fruhmann, Mag. (FH) Nadja Wieland, DI Gerald Brencic, DI Uwe Lackner HoEP, Jannis Fielers B.Eng


Michael Nussbaumer


Originally planned as a „Auszugshaus“ (a smaller building constructed on an existing farmstead for the retired farm owners), the timber frame house with its partial and naturally pre-greyed spruce wood facade, accommodates different generations of the family. The urban empty space in the courtyard of the main building was efficiently and flexibly utilized for urban redensification through the use of a cellulose-insulated ecological modular construction system. To allow the greatest possible incidence of light on the gable end, the ridge purlin is supported on a wooden column behind the glass layer, and the entire cross-section is designed as an exposure area. The overheight ceiling of the gable roof, designed with tin shingle roofing and hidden guttering, which is in sandy-beige color shades in harmony with the overall concept, opens the kitchen-living room up in height and uses it right under the roof to generate more room volume on a reduced footprint.


COMMOD HOUSE develops, designs and builds modular houses made of wood. The modules are manufactured in the factory and erected in a few hours on the building site. The materials used consist mainly of wood, wood-based materials and recyclable products. The houses are individually planned and built in just three months. The modules can be placed on point foundations in the form of screw foundations. This means that the impact on nature is much less than with conventional building sites, and almost complete dismantling is possible in a resource-saving way.

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