LINZ (AT) - Not far away from the city of Linz, on the steep slope of a mountain overlooking the Danube, a bungalow-like house stands quietly, as if it has been there for ages. Vienna-based architecture and design office destilat drew and planned this house for a young family with three children.
Its spatial organisation derives directly from the topology of the site. The entrance and carport of the house are located on the top floor. From the highest floor the spatial sequences spiral clockwise downward. The kitchen area has a generous panorama window, which overlooks the Danube valley, and half a floor below is situated the living room. The lowest floors – with access to the steep garden – are partly dug into the slope and house bedrooms and a studio.
The tight budget required some hands-on work by the clients themselves, who spent days roughening the surfaces of a giant 'hanging cubic rock' which forms the heart of the house. The rock is actually not natural stone, but set (poured) concrete. It refers to a typical local rock with a brownish hue, which can be found in this part of the Alps. The architects and clients decided to integrate this element architecturally into the design; the concrete cube occurs in almost every part of the house, for example as the subtle back wall of the kitchen, which was also designed by destilat, and half a floor below in the main living room, where it lowers the ceiling to only 2.2 metres. All elements of the house seem to be organised around this cubic concrete core; glimpses of the rocky material are visible in almost every room. In addition, the remainder of the interior is a treat for those who enjoy textures: rough is combined with soft, concrete with fabric, shiny with matte, gold with white.
Monday | 4 April | 2011 | Austria | Hannah Schubert