Mathis, Dafins
Mathis, Dafins

Project Information


Aiga und Reinhard Mathis



Project facts
WNF 173,66 m² , GFA 337,07 m²,
GBV 847,72 m³
Energy 43 kWh/m²a

Text Otto Kapfinger "Hermann Kaufmann WOOD WORKS",
Translation Bronwen Rolls

Photo Bruno Klomfar

Project Stakeholders
  • Structural Engineering
    Mader + Flatz Baustatik ZT GmbH, Bregenz
  • Heating Ventilation and Sanitary Planning
    Moser Planungsbüro GmbH, Satteins
  • Electronics Planning
    Manuel Krekeler, Rankweil

Mathis, Dafins

Life on a timber plateau, under a timber roof – floating without visible support: a glazed “Cella” with a “Peristyle” of covered terraces.

»It is the most important step in bringing old and new into a dialogue. It is almost a gauge on how to use this highly up-to-date and unerring modern building style, especially in timber regions.«

Univ.-Prof. Arch. DI Hermann Kaufmann

From the slopes of the scattered hamlet of Dafins, the eyes can wander to the south and west, enjoying an uninterrupted view across the Rhine Valley. The Mathis residence is located near the village centre. It is anchored into the terrain by a ground story that houses the entrance area and a guest room. The staircase leads to the deeply cantilevered living quarters, a timber construction that has been placed on the substructure. It opens to the south and to the west through ceiling-high glass elements and extends to terraces on three sides which are protected by broad roof overhangs. The outer skin and soffits are made of different types of silver fir. Thanks to good thermal insulation, double glazing, a geothermal heat pump and solar panels for water heating, energy consumption is low.

Project Details


    ZN Z-123, Hise 35 - 04/2006, S. 44-46
  • Ausblick und Sonneneinfall lenken
    ZN B-051, Manfred Hegger, Isabell Schäfer, Grüne Häuser, 2009, S.124-129
  • EFH Mathis Reinhard und Aiga
    ZN Z-179, Laurence Reudes, Eco Maison Bois, Nov./Dez. 2010, Nr. 7, S.32