project: rucksack house
designer: stefan Eberstadt
total area: 9 sqm
The Rucksack house is a walk-in sculpture with its own spatial quality, which is also an attempt to explore the boundary between architecture and art. This can be transformed into a house extension, as a cheaper and faster alternative to usual extensions.
While still being inside a private atmosphere filled with light, one has the impression of floating outside of the confines of the actual dwelling above the public space. Folddown furnishings and a multitude of built-in openings on the inside provide extra living space with direct daylight. Sections of the walls unfold, with the help of hidden magnets, into a desk, shelves, and a platform for reading or sleeping.
The Rucksack box is suspended from steel cables that are anchored to the roof or to the facade of the existing building. The construction is a welded steel cage with a light birch veneered plywood interior cladding. The outside cladding is exterior grade plywood with an absorbent resin surface punctuated by plexiglas inserts. Lifted up in place with the help of a crane, the house can be dismantled and relocated.
The project had been assembled in three German locations: Leipzig, Köln and Essen.