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boat’s house at millstätter lake in seeboden by MHM architects
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nov 30, 2012
boat’s house at millstätter lake in seeboden by MHM architects


‘boat’s house at millstätter lake’ by MHM architects, seeboden, austria
image © paul ott
all images courtesy of MHM architects

 

 

at the base of a steep slope at the water’s edge, rests the ‘boat’s house at millstätter lake’ in seeboden, austria by viennese firm MHM architects.
straddling the shoreline, the home is represented in two materials to show the relationship of the footprint over water and land. the volume over
the ground is wrapped with copper panels while the section extending into the lake is clad with lumber planks. the siberian larch strips as well as
copper will naturally weather with time for a changing appearance. eventually, the greyed wood will contrast the green patina of the metal exterior.

 

in terms of nature conservation and water rights, its complex positioning required ten meter deep piers to reach weight-bearing soil to place
the basement above measures such as a base grade and an oil barrier. additionally, local rules prevent the installation of a permanent dock,
leading to a facade system that appears like a simple cube when not being used. these doors then slide downward towards the water’s surface
to form a temporary platform. 

 

 


building profile embeds into the sloping land
image © paul ott

 

 


facade closed
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opening doors within facade
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facade doors open
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doors fold down into a dock
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living area
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view to the lake from an exercise area through a small window
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corridor
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stairway to roof
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roof top terrace
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at dusk
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side elevation
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view of boat house from the lake
image © paul ott

 

 

project info:

 

 

planned: 2008/2009
built: 2010 to 2012
location: seeboden, carinthia, austria
general design & planning: MHM architects, vienna - matthias molzbichler, sebastian haselsteiner, florian molzbichler
general contractor: strabag ag villach
photos: paul ott

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