Structure Restrained

View all 12 Photos

Zwischenwasser, a small Austrian village home to fewer than four thousand people, may be the last place you’d expect to find such vogue design. Nevertheless, a sleek modern home sits against a sloped hill in the quiet, secluded city. As you turn off the peaceful neighborhood street to cross a concrete bridge, this artful structure will lay humbly before you. Despite its somewhat plain outer appearance, a glimpse inside is proof of the considerate design that led to its creation.

Architecture firm dietrick | untertrifaller planned the efficient layout as a means to maximize available floor space; cooking, eating, and lounging areas open to an airy balcony with a spectacular view of the eastward hills while directly below, two bedrooms sit nestled within the slope, flawlessly blending interior with grassy exterior through floor-to-ceiling glazed doors. The home’s rustic aesthetic can be owed to thoughtful use of material throughout; silver fir and sawn oak line the floors to complement a primarily timber and concrete interior. Long slats of wood span the ceiling of every room and hall to contour the elongated form and enhance the tranquil ambience created by an effortless influx of natural light. A recessed two-car garage conceals any evidence of modern technology and helps to maintain pure focus on its natural surroundings; from floor to ceiling, this home harmoniously blends the native Austrian landscape with elegant and relevant architecture. Photography Bruno Klomfar.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

    A creatively designed retreat that celebrates an ancient local tradition. Built on the banks of…

  • andBeyond Vira Vira Lodge

    A serene retreat set on a working farm in Chile. Back in the early ‘90s,…

  • Eastwind Hotel & Bar

    A cozy upstate New York retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The brainchild of a group…

  • The Kumaon

    A serene mountain retreat in the Himalayas. Located 1600m above sea level in the Village…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(165400)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Caldeireiros Houses

    17th-century dwellings become modern apartments. Clínica de Arquitectura’s Caldeireiros Houses project began with the refurbishment…

  • Cerna Voda Mountain Lodge

    A compact cabin that complements its dark cladding with a warm interior. Nestled in a…

  • The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions

    A coastal retreat that immerses guests into nature. Located in a stunning natural landscape in…

  • Sydney Cottage by Panovscott

    A small house in an urban space becomes welcoming cottage linked to nature. The owner…

  • Casa Xólotl

    From a house in disrepair to architectural gem. Located in Mérida, Mexico, Casa Xólotl is…

  • Dancing Light House

    A modern dwelling that celebrates the desert, mountains, and light. Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona,…

  • Villa Monoi

    A dream getaway in Costa Rica. Built right near a beach between Playa Tamarindo and…

  • Trautenberk Microbrewery by ADR

    An old mountain lodge modernized into an elegant retreat. Located in the north-eastern part of…

  • House In Neveklov

    A black wooden house that hides a bright and airy interior. Minimalist and restrained, this…

  • The Mylla House

    A wooden cabin with a creative pinwheel design. Built on the top of a hill…

  • TL House

    An extension that expands both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Built in the 1970s in…

Close Cart