Especially designed for a family of four living with their two cats, House L by Schneider & Lengauer takes in the Austrian landscape of Scharten, with views of the Northern Limestone Alps. According to the architects, “three key requirements characterize the result. First, it was necessary to integrate the qualities of the site into a prestigious residential and working environment. Second, the client placed great importance on energy-efficient design. And thirdly, the home should reflect the family’s fondness for the color white”.
The residence also accommodates the graphic design studio of the client and a large photo collection, which you will surely observe in the virtual tour below. All interiors are defined by minimalism, openness and elegance. Just as the brief stated, white is the predominant color, ensuring a smooth transition between rooms. Champagne-colored floors stand out in the general design, adding a touch of warmth.
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.