Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten’s new S House in Austria is raised up on stilts to allow a sheltered garden to grow beneath its floors. Clad in black timber, the house extends like binoculars, creating a natural courtyard between two volumes. The floating volumes are capped with oversized windows, and the home balances on uneven terrain while framing the adjacent landscape.
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.