Peter DiCarlo, Project Architect for Atelier Pichelmann
The sensibility behind the design is rooted in Viennese modernism, a tradition that seeks to balances the desire for more transparency with the individual’s need for privacy. The living areas are located on the middle of three main levels, in an open-plan arrangement oriented towards the garden. Bedrooms and other private spaces are both above and below the living areas, connected by a twisting staircase. Each floor has access to the outdoors.
The house was designed by an iterative process. The lower level and three sides of the upper levels are constructed of insulating brick, 38 cm thick, with concrete floors. The roof and north side are built of heavy timber and wood.