Timber summer house
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Clad externally in Larch, or as it used to be known in the UK matchwood, this summerhouse in Burgenland is the archetypical rural idyll for a person of sophisticated, minimal taste. It was designed by Judith Benzer Architecture of Vienna.
During the winter months the house will not be occupied so it is designed to be closed down with flush-fitting shutters over the windows. In this state it looks very abstract, almost sculptural in its bleak, empty landscape context. In summer, the shutters act as sun shading devices in both the open or closed positions.
Internally, the finish is also wood with the entire timber superstructure sitting on a reinforced concrete basement. Down there is parking and a wine cellar. The stairs are particularly interesting formed in an unusual way from folded steel with glass balustrading.
The house has been awarded first prize in the Timber Award Burgenland 2012 - single and multi-family house category.