Austrian holiday home demonstrates the intrinsic qualities of wood construction
Marc Lins Photography

Austrian holiday home demonstrates the intrinsic qualities of wood construction

27 Aug 2020  •  News  •  By Allie Shiell

On a southern slope reached via 70 steps of a development staircase, this holiday home in Austria by Stefan Schweighofer stands on the strip foundations of an old container house from the 80’s. The shape, proportions and orientation of the building were carefully considered with reference to the existing houses that surround.

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Reduced to the essentials, the black building with gable roof is constructed with solid wood, making a static framework that can be directly experienced and felt, especially in the interior.

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The house is insulated with 20 cm wood fibre boards, which are covered with mineral paint by a ventilated, closed wooden façade (rebated formwork). The floors and part of the wall panelling are finished with soaped solid wood planks of core ash, while the wooden windows are oiled. The roof is finished with Eternit shingles.

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Window openings structure the building form the outside and form selected lines of sight to the surroundings form the inside. The stepped structure not only allows the structure to adapt optimally to the steep terrain, but also creates a very special three-dimensional spatial experience that can be experienced inside.

Credit: Marc Lins Photography