The special feature and at the same time the challenge in the planning process of this project were the building sites consitions: The site is steep and has a small construction window. Due to the high surrounding buildings, however, it was possible to build quite high. This led to the idea of a “residential tower” in which the functions of the house are arranged one above the other.
In the spirit of sustainability, the entire building was constructed in a natural way, avoiding petroleum-based insulating materials as much as possible. Construction was done in glue-free solid wood walls, which were left visible in the living space for a natural character. Clay plaster on the ceilings provides a comfortable indoor climate.
The single-family house has two entrances. Accessed through the north-facing main entrance, the first floor accomodates a children’s room and all ancillary rooms. This entrance is accessible via a driveway with carport. The second entrance is located in the basement on the west side of the house. From there, you can reach the fitness room. The basement of the house was an important measure to create additional space on the small construction window.
A staircase runs through the middle of the building, connecting the floors.
On the second floor, this staircase also serves as a strong, space-creating element between the cooking and living/dining areas. A large, tiled stove gives the living area a parlor character.
In addition, the roof of the carport is accessible and thus offers a generous north-facing terrace area on the second floor.
An additional children’s room and the master bedroom equipped with a walk-in closet are located on the top floor of the building.
With 135sqm of total living space for 4 people, the sleeping areas are kept relatively small.
The unique characteristic of this project is the playful handling of height. Striking is also the overhang on the first floor, which gives the house a graceful look and creates a sublime impression.
Bmst. Ing. Thomas Krämer, BSc
Tyrol | Austria