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Mountain Cabin

Marte.Marte Architects

Laterns, Vorarlberg, Austria
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Site Size: 5,225 square feet

Project Size: 1,104.4 square feet

Program: The clients—a family with two children—asked Austrian firm Marte.Marte Architects to build a minimal alpine vacation house.

Solution: The architects designed Mountain Cabin, a poured-in-place concrete four-story structure in the Laternser Valley in western Austria, which sits on a sloping ravine near a convent near the edge of a forest.

Reminiscent of a medieval fortress, the house is a small monolithic tower with a square floor plan. Irregularly placed windows puncture the thick, rough walls and spaces appear to be carved from a solid block, especially at the midsection where an open porch overlooks the landscape, protected from the elements.

The entrance stairway on the western exposure runs up to this porch supported by two corner columns. Inside the larger column, a spiral staircase leads either to an upper level containing the living areas, or down to the sleeping quarters on the lower level. Untreated oak furniture, floors, doors, and windows contrast with the ash-gray concrete walls, giving the private spaces a rustic ambiance.

Marte.Marte Architects
Totengasse 18, 6833 Weiler, Austria
phone: +43 5523 52587
fax: +43 5523 52587-9

November 2013
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