House SPI is a contemporary take on a traditional Alpine farmhouse. Located 1100 meters, or 3608 feet, above sea level, the Spado Architects design is built into the slope of the Görtschitz Valley in Carinthia, Austria. The two-story home stands on a blocky white foundation and is clad in naturally finished wood, with the planks oriented vertically for the siding and horizontally for the V-shaped roof. In keeping with the colloquial architecture, the timber frame is crafted from local larch from the ground floor patio to the second-floor balcony.

Inside, the countryside home is simply designed with warm elements such as the half-height partition and fireplace. The functional furniture speaks to the necessities of rural life, giving the house an overall sense of belonging as well as style.

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Photography by Kurt Kuball

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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