Lori Zimmer

Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

by , 02/21/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten, S House, u shaped home, house in stilts

House S straddles a small hill, and it’s based at the highest point of the sloping site. The front façade meets the street level, while the back of the house cantilevers over the slope on stilts, creating space for a lush garden in the backyard. The U-shaped home extends its arms backwards, embracing an elevated terrace that frames a breathtaking view of the picturesque Austrian valley below. The terrain beneath the house remains untouched, and the structure frames a weather-protected garden area.

One of the elevated extensions houses the family’s bedrooms, while the other side contains living, dining and kitchen space. The end of each volume is capped with a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out over the valley below. A wall of windows lines the inner area of the U shaped home as well. The architects used sustainable and cost-effective timber inside and out.

Built in just fourth months, the single-story S House adapts to the hilly terrain with an elevated design that plays up the beauty of the land surrounding it.

+ Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten

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  1. legalegl February 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    It’s unlikely there would be any lush garden under a house where the sun would reach only a very short time if at all judging from the pictures. Possibly the center section of the house would receive more light of short duration. The building somewhat resembles houses perched on the side of the hills to the North of Los Angeles….only to take advantage of the steep slopes.

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