House Ennstal, Austria
This building plot lies embedded between the Ennstaler Alps and Rottenmanner Tauern mountains with peaks of up to 2,450 metres above sea level. The snow-capped mountain peaks characterise the countryside throughout the whole year. The cragged stage set by snow and rock and the interplay between light and shadow have been transferred to the facade of the building. Its appearance is reflected in the cement asbestos shingles in white and dark grey. The building's layout represents a three-armed star. Each wing is dedicated to a different use. One houses the garage with storeroom, workshop and building technology; another wing comprises the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and the third is for the bedrooms and bathroom. The entrance is located where the three arms meet. A traditional saddle roof was chosen as a covering for the house. The gable leans slightly in all directions, as if it were too heavy to support itself. The facade opens up into large glass surfaces, allowing life inside the house to connect with nature and the garden outside. The terraces are designed as wooden decks situated in front of the glass façades. "The Gardasee terrace was chosen from a design viewpoint: firstly, the material as a transition to nature; secondly, the design of the wooden deck that floats above the damp ground", says Wicher.