House Welser / ao-architekten

House Welser / ao-architekten

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Mutters, Austria
  • Architects: ao-architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  272
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Hansgrohe, Dow Building Solutions, Glutz, Plaka
  • Lead Architects: Michael Felder, Gunnar Höss, Ingo Parth
House Welser / ao-architekten - Forest, Garden
© Günter Richard Wett

Text description provided by the architects. Haus Welser is located on a tree-lined hill in the heart of Mutters – a small town perched high above Innsbruck (Tyrol, Austria). The site’s special location offers a clear view over the neighbouring properties to the “Nordkette”, or northern chain of mountains in the Karwendel Range. The vast Wipptal Valley opens up to the south, towards the Brenner Pass, allowing extensive sunshine all day.

House Welser / ao-architekten - Facade
© Günter Richard Wett

The exposed location required a deliberate and conservative positioning of the building structure. To achieve this, the house is embedded in the existing terrain like a natural feature, with a pleasing, barely perceptible, appearance.

House Welser / ao-architekten - Facade
© Günter Richard Wett

Access to the entrance area, which unites the ground floor with the top floor, is provided via the forecourt to the east, with an adjacent underground garage. The ground floor, which disappears almost completely in the slope, is reserved for the four children. Each of the children’s rooms has direct access to the garden.

House Welser / ao-architekten - Windows
© Günter Richard Wett
Ground Floor Plan
House Welser / ao-architekten - Windows, Table, Chair, Beam
© Günter Richard Wett

All functions of the living area (living, dining, cooking and working), and the parents’ bedroom, with an en suite bathroom and dressing room, are housed on the top floor. The floor plan of the top floor is dominated by freestanding walls, loosely zoned functional areas, a central atrium and an expansive, south-west-facing terrace. Seating recesses are cut out of the thick, polished concrete walls. A central wood-fired furnace made of blackened steel, which blends harmoniously into one of the seating recesses, provides pleasant heat in the colder months. The protrusions and recesses in the building’s structure provide shelter from the wind and shade. The surrounding greenery of garden serves as an extension to the interior and forms a natural screen to protect the residents’ privacy.

First Floor Plan

The outward appearance of the house is dominated by the sharp-edged roof made of silver fir, which rests fully on the free-standing polished concrete walls. The window reveals are made of dark brown varnished wood. The fascia and window ledges were bordered in sheet copper. In accordance with the design concept, the materials used for the exterior are also found in the interior – polished concrete walls, a silver fir soffit, and floors and interior doors made of oak for a balance of materials.

House Welser / ao-architekten - Image 2 of 24
© Günter Richard Wett

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Cite: "House Welser / ao-architekten" 24 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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