The pentagonal form of the house fans outwards from the structural core of the stairwell to provide sweeping views across the landscape. With no front or back, the house reveals a rotating continuum of living spaces that are accompanied by the variegated conditions of the site. From the Isarco Valley, through to the nearby meadows, up to the woods, and across the close-knit settlement of the hillside town, the South Tyrolean landscape is ever-present. .
The owners stated that they were looking for a house where they “could breathe;” it was to be spacious without being too big and it was to be open without compromising the privacy of each family member. In short, the house was to give a sense of freedom. Taking advantage of the sloped sited, the ground-floor cantilevers outwards to create a dramatic living space—a space of airy comfort and well-being. Upon entering the house at the ground level, the main living area is an open plan, articulated into a series of micro conditions by way of furnishings and material, tactile considerations. The seamless continuity of the warm grey floors is contrasted by the taut vibration of the planked, cedar ceiling. The wooden canopy of the locally sourced cedarwood plays off of the geometry of the house and integrates the wooden finish-work with the mechanical and lighting infrastructure to form one unified system
A closeness to nature, a connection to the local community and a common sense approach to sustainable design solutions were all aspects to be accommodated into the design. “Klimahouse A” certified, the large overhang of the roof at the street-level makes for a semi-public, social threshold to the home where neighbors stop by to chat. Trained as a carpenter, the client’s attention to the millwork and detailing were also important to the design.