Hungarian architects Attila Béres and Jusztina Balázs recently unveiled Hideg House, their first completed architectural project that features a stunning modern and rectilinear holiday home. Located on the outskirts of the historic town Kőszeg, Hideg is set against a beautifully textured backdrop belonging to a former stone quarry. The owners, Mr. Hideg and his wife, devoted three years on site to help construct the house by hand, from site cleanup to the assembly of custom furniture.
The cabin’s detailed design and construction process is evident in its careful juxtaposition of texture and color. The clean and sharp profile of the rectilinear cabin is intensified by the coarse texture of the surrounding piled rocks. To visually draw visitors into the space, a thick black frame of roughly sawn larch wraps around two contained inner volumes that are paneled with light-colored larch sanded smooth.
Design decisions for the cabin’s orientation and spatial arrangement were informed by the goals to maximize natural light and to frame the best views of the sculptural exposed cliff face and woods. Inside, the walls are painted bone-white to reflect the changing colors of the sky and outer environment. The region’s extreme climatic changes from summer to winter inspired the architects to use ecological design solutions to reduce energy consumption.
Images via Tamás Bujnovszky