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Clad in highly reflective, insulated metal panels, HAUS KW would have a pitched roof evocative of vernacular alpine design combined with a simple box-house design common in modern architecture. Wooden slats on the north facade pay further respects to traditional buildings, and structural timber used for framing the home is sourced sustainably from local sources.

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HAUS KW, Paul Kweton, Upper Austria, sustainable alpine home in Austria, hybrid modern and vernacular design, Paul Kweton HAUS KW, sublime alpine home Austria

“The partially floating cast-in-place concrete slab allows for a smaller footprint of the building and less disturbance of the existing landscape,” Kweton writes in his design brief for the project.

HAUS KW, Paul Kweton, Upper Austria, sustainable alpine home in Austria, hybrid modern and vernacular design, Paul Kweton HAUS KW, sublime alpine home Austria

Striking a balance between opening the home to views and natural light and accommodating for privacy, Kweton has only included two glazed openings on the South and West side. Inside, the interior was kept “deliberately stark”, according to the architect, with a sealed concrete floor and flat white walls that draw attention to the warm wooden Sauna block and custom furniture pieces.

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