Artists and painters will swoon over the Lake House, a contemporary getaway flooded with soft northern light. Austrian architect Maximilian Eisenköck designed the black timber building on a lakeside property about a half-hour drive from Vienna. The horseshoe-shaped structure fully embraces the outdoors with generous amounts of full-height glazing overlooking Lake Neufeldersee.
Nicknamed the “black jewel on the lake,” the Lake House is clad in Okoume timber that’s either charred or painted black. Maximilian Eisenköck prevents the boxy building from looking monolithic by wrapping the facade with full-height glazing and arranging the building into a U-shape with an outdoor courtyard in the middle. The two sides of the building that flank the courtyard are two-stories-high, while the single-level volume located directly behind the courtyard has an accessible rooftop. In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior walls are lined with warm-toned plywood with high-efficiency insulation panels.
Since the building would primarily be used in the summertime, the Lake House’s glazed areas are located on the north side of the dwelling rather than on the south side. In addition to bringing natural light and views into the home, the orientation allows for optimal north light for painting. Some of the glazed openings double as sliding doors to open the home up to the outdoors and lake breeze.
Images via Maximilian Eisenköck