Omicron living rooms

Design team: Martin Rauch and Anna Heringer.

Fair trade meets regionalism. The project, 3 sculptures that serve as meeting rooms for the workers, is a commitment to support craftsmanship locally as well as in Bangladesh and in India. The aim is to create an atmospheric space of high quality for the employees of Omicron, and at the same time to make a social economic impact by involving a high amount of local craftsmanship and development organization from the global South.
The 3 sculptures can be seen as living rooms for the companies employees, to have meetings in a comfortable poetic atmosphere to retreat, contemplate, meditate, brainstorm, to have a coffee break, to chat.
The monolith is the most experimental structure of these 3. It is an attempt to bring the most basic building earth technique, zabur, as it is used in Ghana for example into Austrian laws and regulation systems. It is a two-storied structure with only 15 centimeters thick unstabilized clay walls including a load bearing clay dome. The Austrian regulations unfortunately lead, besides a steel foundation, to an addition of two horizontal steel rings as well as a ring for the central light opening. The rest of the monolith is layer by layer shaped by hand.

The zeppelin is a meeting room up in the air that glooms in the night and illuminates the space. Through the silky skin the atmosphere inside is very soft and poetic, in dialogue with the rich patterned textiles from Bangladesh the space will touch the senses in a very subtile way. The structure is made by timber, covered by an outside layer of handwoven non-violent silk from a leprosy project in India called Little Flower. The pool formed out of a landscape of earth is filled with a dozen of pillows from Bangladesh that we've made in cooperation with the NGO Dipshikha. It is a playful and communicative area where pillow fights will possibly be happening, same as a snooze in a pile of silky cushions.
Materials: clay as load bearing earth walls and as plaster, which also has a positive influence on the indoor climate. Local timber. Locally made ceramics. Hand-stitched and printed cushions from women in Rudrapur, Bangladesh. Hand-woven silk from Little Flower.
Location: Oberes Ried, 6833 Klaus, Vorarlberg

Client: OMICRON electronics GmbH

Completion date: September 2015

Floor area: 220 m2

Concept and design: Anna Heringer and Martin Rauch

Design team (Studio Anna Heringer): Stefano Mori, Timur Ersen

Main contractor/execution: Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH

Overall design coordination: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten ZT GmbH

Consultant structural engineer: GBD (Dornbirn, Austria)

Consultant light planning: Bartenbach GmbH (Aldrans, Austria)

Consultant acoustics: Muller BBM (Planegg, Austria)

Suppliers: Berle Manfred Raumausstattung, Dipshikha, Dipshikha Handicrafts, Little Flower