What's better than living high up in the Alps? Living in a beautiful home like the Maiden Tower. Marte Marte Architekten designed the steel structure to match the raw quality of an existing stone dwelling nestled on a hillside in the Austrian countryside. The Maiden Tower boasts a monolithic exterior and oxidized steel cladding, while its interior is adorned with wood, warm colors and finely crafted details. Flip through the gallery for a closer look.
The vertical structure creates a visual contrast to the surrounding landscape, not only in its geometry but also through its use of materials. The conspicuous steel envelope pops out of the picturesque alpine environment dominated by greenery and sloping volumes. The tower strives upwards and creates a new space toward the existing house while an intimate semi-courtyard is complemented by a narrow pool.
The spaces armored in oxidized steel include a library that is connected to a separate kitchen and leads to the upstairs children’s bedroom via a dining area. The upper floors offer stunning views of the mountains and the existing stone residence.
Photos by Marc Lins