Welcome to a lovely home in Mellau, Austria, built for simple living, as the architects from Sven Matt explain. To me, the design of this small residence (discovered on Afflante) is far beyond “simple”, as I consider it offers everything a home owner could possibly want and/or need. With a total living area of 90 square meters and a budget of € 170,000, the developers created a special „two-room-apartment“ made from prefabricated timber elements based on a concrete foundation.
Here is an official project description from the architects: “A large living space, two small bedrooms and the entrance are organized around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. Four large openings create unique views into the surrounding landscape. According to their orientation – private or public, varying in size and position, with or without parapet, each deeply cut opening has its own characteristic“. We dare you find something wrong with the design of this small Austrian home.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts