The form language of this building is inspired by the classic North-American barn architecture and is characterised by a simple cubic design, which is integrated respectfully in its surroundings. Built like the traditional American wood-frame buildings, it surprises with an unconventional use of materials and unexpected contrasts between the interior and the exterior.
The façade and roof are clad in traditional American cedarwood shingles. The openly interconnecting living rooms are flooded with light thanks to the large windows, and are designed and furnished in minimalist character. As a further link to the region, predominantly local materials and building elements were used, such as the blue stone for the fireplace and the pool, and the white window frames in the shingle façade. Building-specific niches provide for protected, sheltered seating areas that emphasise the connection to the outside and ensure that the windows remain in the shade.
A positive energy balance of the building came under particular focus; the architects imported demands for a sustainable building method from Europe. Not only the extremely well-insulated façade and the use of regenerative energies but also thermal component activation are important contributory factors for a low-energy house that has as little impact on its environment as possible.
Date of Completion: 2007
Landau + Kindelbacher