A brilliant floor plan paired with a spectacular location in the middle of the Carinthian mountains have taken into account the residents’ desire to “bring the outdoors in”. The design of the house combines coziness, openness, and practicality with a wow effect. The modern living room window, which cantilevers freely into the hillside, forms an exciting contrast to the stone tower dating from 1907 and Falkenstein Castle to the north of the property.
COMMOD FOCUS is a modular house in timber frame construction with cellulose insulation and a net floor area of 102 m², sitting on reinforced concrete strip foundations. The structure and exterior spaces are designed as intersecting 4-corners. The base of the house is an optimized cuboid with a flat roof, which arranges the more private living spaces – sleeping, sanitary, working, and storage – in a secluded manner.
The key feature of the house is the positioning of the living and dining area, which shoots out from the base cube like the focus of a camera and projects above the site as a funnel-shaped enclosed picture window. Entering the house, visitors can already sense the heart of it and curiosity is built by the slightly off-axis docking of the living space. After passing into the living area, the first view falls through the floor-to-ceiling window to the right over the terrace deck into the breathtaking mountain landscape.
The kitchen – to the left – is open and flows directly into the living area. The dark brown leather tabs for opening the kitchen fronts, made of oiled oak veneer, stand out as design elements. The end of the windowsill facing the kitchen has been covered with gray patterned wool and serves as a bench.
If you turn left after the entrance, you enter the sleeping area with access to the private master bath. The morning sun shines through the east window, and the view leads straight through the floor-to-ceiling window, conveying peace and relaxation.
On the right-hand side, there are two additional rooms currently used as an office and a yoga or guest room. Hidden behind the interior facility cube hides the guest WC and guest bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and spectacular views. The sliding oiled oak door conceals the washing machine behind. The inserted facility cube offers versatile uses as a storage locker.
The terrace space – a stylish wooden deck – opens up via a large lift-and-slide door from the living area and is ideal for barbecuing together and serving cool drinks from the designer kitchen. This spreads an urban roof terrace flair even in the countryside.
The facade of the main structure is made of chopped thermal spruce. The cantilevered structure pushes out of it like a camera lens and is covered with a subtle light gray plaster facade in broom finish to stand out from the ensemble. The funnel-shaped reveal is also clad with thermally chopped spruce and completes the appearance of COMMOD FOCUS harmoniously and elegantly.
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Pictures by Tamara Frisch Photography