Martin Gruber Architekt
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single family homes
A glass solitaire is embedded in the topography of an
incredible landscape. Like a walk-through sculpture, the building nestles in
the site. The spatial structure is only revealed when approaching the building.
The house contains all the minimalist functions of a guesthouse. The project
was designed as a counterpoint to the customary holiday architecture. The intention
was to create a form that makes a statement for the sensitive approach to the
landscape. After the handover to the son, the farm was converted into an organic
farm and instead of the four possible holiday homes, it was decided to build a
single guesthouse with a maximum of privacy. The inner space only reveals
itself directly before the entrance: a glass body appears under the concrete
slab of the green roof. A mobile external curtain lends the façade privacy and
protection from the sun. The ambiguity of the room is further increased by
planted trees. The exterior design gives the building solidity and justifies
the geometry of the floor and ceiling as a reaction to the proximity to nature.
The interior consists of freestanding furniture, which creates zones within the
room that flow into each other. The number of materials was reduced to
concrete, oak wood and local loden. The freeform is masterfully crafted and has
become an attraction due to its constructional design.