Chapel House / Martin Mutschlechner & Barbara Lanz

© Günter Richard Wett

Architects: Martin Mutschlechner & Barbara Lanz
Location: ,
Carpentry: Holzbau Höck GmbH
Builder: Gurschler
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Günter Richard Wett

© Günter Richard Wett

This home is located on the western outskirts of Gärberbach just above Innsbruck. The structure was formerly used for agriculture purposes as a mill and later a dedicated chapel which was the scene of the celebration of Mass with Andreas Hofer before the Bergisel battle.

floor plans

The juxtaposition of new and old is revealed in the architectural structure of the building. This transformation is the design solution for natural illumination and a high-quality interior with a limited color palette.

© Günter Richard Wett

Partially opened on two floors, the ground floor serves as the main living space, with a cooking area and living room. The bedrooms are situated on the second floor with limited light and exposure to the more public spaces below. This separation was intentional, creating a feeling of intimacy on the second floor and a fluid and open first floor. The hallway is the connecting thread and was designed to provide calm and naturalness while moving through the home.

Cite: "Chapel House / Martin Mutschlechner & Barbara Lanz" 06 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>