House for Gudrun / Sven Matt

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Mellau, Austria
  • Architects: Sven Matt
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Björn Matt

Text description provided by the architects. Finding peace, freedom and nature. This is what mattered most to Gudrun, and by building her own little house on the countryside she got there one step closer. However, an extremely tight budget remained, focussing on the most necessary in terms of floor space and construction was essential. The result is a „two-room-appartement“ made from prefabricated timber elements based on a concrete foundation.

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© Björn Matt

A large living space, two small bedrooms and the entrance are organised around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. Four large openings create unique views into the surrounding landscape. According to their orientation – private or public, varying in size and position, with or without parapet, each deeply cut opening has its own characteristic.

House for Gudrun / Sven Matt - Table, Chair
© Björn Matt

The surrounding walls are „thick“- containing a kitchen, closets and a desk. A wardrobe and a small place for reading are integrated into the central core. The remaining space is left for individual furnishing. Changing from bright to dark, shiny to opaque, wide to narrow.

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© Björn Matt

Here is where she lives.A large window to the west offering an idyllic view on the ambient landscape, an entrance leading to her neighbours and everything arranged around an essential core of water and fire. Sitting on the wooden terrace, she finds peace and nature, receiving regular visits of neighbours and not so regular visits of rabbits, foxes and deer.

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Courtesy of Sven Matt

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Cite: "House for Gudrun / Sven Matt" 29 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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