Austrian design firm Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher Architekten completed Teichhaus, a small timber home raised on stilts to minimize site disturbance in a garden and artificial lake landscape. The architects clad the house in rough-sawn spruce boards finished in a black Swedish mud color so as not to detract from the surrounding environment. A wooden deck wraps around the timber house and provides a transitional threshold between nature and building.
The architects elevated the Teichhaus’ small footprint of just 530 square feet onto four metal pillars. Since the terrain is sloped, one side of the house sits just above the water level of the adjacent pool, whereas the opposite side of the house is elevated 8 feet above the ground. The wooden deck that wraps around the house includes a rectangular cutout for plants to grow through and an area large enough to accommodate an outdoor dining room.
In contrast to the muted and dark-colored facade, the modern interior feels bright in comparison with its light-colored wood walls made of white oiled birch plywood and gray fiberboard. Large, glazed sliding doors visually connect the outdoors with the open-plan living area. The brightly colored and minimalist furnishings such as the bed covers and furniture create fun splashes of color in the earth-toned home. Strategically placed windows let in natural light.
Images via Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher Architekten