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Concrete base helps architects build a house on stilts


Sitting at 1 000 metres above sea level in the village of Laterns in Austria, architect Bernardo Bader of Bernardo Bader Architects has built a chunky concrete foundation as the base for a house so that it appears to be raised on stilts.

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The home, named Haus am Stürcherwald, was designed to resemble the Walser farmhouses that populate the area, with Bader designing a more contemporary version of these traditional multi-storey wooden houses. In his design, he’s added sawn-larch slats and a gabled roof.

The architect and his studio wanted to reduce the impact on the surrounding landscape, which they achieved through the simple rectangular-shaped body of the house. The main body of the building rests on the concrete block, with its edges overhanging.

Due to its location on a hillside lying between two sections of a curving mountain road, the plot was deemed useless. However, by incorporating the concrete block, the architects were able to even out the foundation area and build the structure.

Vertical timber beams run along the facade, mimicking the balconies of traditional Walser houses, and giving the appearance of supporting stilts.

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Nine large windows wrap around the ground level of the house and face the surrounding forests. This allows natural light to flood the living area and as the sun moves across the house throughout the day, this also brings light into the various sections of the home.

Inside, the living areas are spread over the top two floors of the house, with the open-plan kitchen-living area located on the ground level, while a partial basement built within the concrete plinth offers utility spaces. There are two bedrooms with loam-covered walls on the top floor. Both have en suite bathrooms.

Benardo Bader Architects is an Austrian-based firm. Some of its other projects include a chalet made from pine and spruce, the Kindergarten Susi Weigel and a barn-like house in rural Austria.

Photographs by Gustav Willeit Guworld via ArchDaily.


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