P. House

P. House

Bechter Zaffignani Architekten
Kufstein, Austria
Project Year
Private Houses
Rasmus Norlander

P. House

Bechter Zaffignani Architekten as Architects

The P. House stands on a sunny plateau, high above the valley floor, at an altitude of 1040 metres. The surrounding landscape is both a natural and cultivated environment. Enabling the residents of the house to experience the forms and colours of the alpine landscape and the changes of the seasons was the principal design objective.

On a gently inclined site with the remnants of an old orchard, the spaces called for in the brief are organised in a stepped, C-shaped volume. This form generates a courtyard that is open to the east and that separates the different functions in the building.

The public areas of the house are at ground floor level. As you move from the entrance the interior opens up and ends in a tall, single-storey cooking/eating/living area.

The private spaces are on the upper floor. It is connected with the living areas by a corridor that opens to the internal courtyard. This vertical separation of functions allows the expansive panorama of the mountains to be experienced in all the rooms.

The fact that the north side of the building is two storeys high benefits the courtyard. The upper floor provides protection against the wind and inquisitive gazes, thus increasing the quality of this outside space as somewhere for the residents to spend time.

In the interior full-height windows in the living areas establish a strong relationship to the landscape outside. The colour scheme for the interior uses subtly graduated shades of black for the walls, ceiling and furniture to create a strong visual contrast to the changing colours of nature.

The solid areas of the facade are clad with vertical larch boarding. The wood is left untreated; with the passage of time it will increasingly blend with its natural setting.

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