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Wooden texture: Single-family home in Austria

The delicate façade of woven wooden strips, originally intended as shelter from the wind, completely surrounds this long building, giving it the texture of a fine mesh whose formal stringency goes beyond functional requirements. Rhythmically set window soffits cut deep into the house, generously connecting the interior with the nearby mountain panorama.

These soffits create an expansive plasticity that expresses itself in niches and relief-like juts and recesses, transforming all the fittings into a sharp-edged typecase.

The architects have addressed the challenge of the steep slope by spatial layering and a structural principle that runs counter to the main plan. A light-filled stairway leads from the entrance on the middle storey down to the living and dining area. A parallel corridor leads up to the private areas, which extend all the way to the attic and can be accessed by stairs and ladders. The attic is home to individual work and creative areas.

more project information: 

Period of planning: February, 2011 – August, 2012

Period of construciton: September, 2012 – August, 2013

Usable space: 148 m², (cellar 43 m²)

Property size: 845 m²

Construction style Ground floor: Solid reinforced concrete, insulation, wooden façade

Upper floor: Prefabricated, insulated wooden elements, wooden façade, wood from clients’ own land

Interior: Hand-worked plastering with marble powder, fittings of three-layer solid spruce panels, wooden panels of rough-sawn white spruce

Flooring: Floorboards of massive soaped spruce, wood from clients’ own land, dry installation without subfloor heating, some areas with heated screeds

Heating: Large-scale furnace for heating of house and water, solar collectors to support heating, distribution of heat via furnace, wall heating and heated screeds

Windows: Sprucewood frames, triple glazing, wood from clients’ own land

Façade: Wooden screen of white spruce, laid crosswise, wood from clients’ own land

Roof: Clad in dark-grey Eternit

Energy consumption: 20kWh/m²a

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This article is taken out of the following magazine:
DETAIL 5/2015
Materials and Finishes

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