Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
Location: Vienna,
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus

We take pleasure to proudly announce the completion of our latest single-family house project, LOU.

Clad in a black skin, seven levels to live on will keep residents on the move and make sure that this “Little Black Dress” will still suit them fine in the future …

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Vienna’s 14th district, at the fringe of the Vienna Woods: on a site sloping steeply in North-South direction sits the very compact-looking single-family house LOU.

The first impression is reinforced by the matte black skin of the building.

© Hertha Hurnaus

Inside, however, it offers its occupants a spacious and varied living environment on seven staggered half-story levels. At each level, the house opens differently to the outside world. A hillside cut and a court below grade provide for natural lighting of the access area and multi-purpose room. The basement becomes a full-blown living area.

Above it, the main residential levels are nestled against the slope, separated from the garden only by an all around-strip of windows which allows looking and stepping out in every direction.

© Hertha Hurnaus

In the center of the living area, there is a core of unclad raw reinforced with the kitchen and hearth. It supports and provides discreet access to the private retreat spaces that form the roof area.

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Here, the parent’s and children’s bedrooms are situated at separate levels, each with a loggia that affords absolute privacy. The roof area is crowned by the bathroom and sauna level with a terrace offering a panoramic view of the surrounding Vienna Woods.

Cite: "Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur" 13 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • urbane.abuse

    Seven levels! Well, the circulation alone should keep the residents fit:)
    BTW – AllesWirdGut is in my opinion the best name for an architectural practice EVER. A tranquilizer of sorts.