atelier thomas pucher: villa SK atelier thomas pucher: villa SK
aug 02, 2012

atelier thomas pucher: villa SK

‘villa SK’ by atelier thomas pucher, graz, austria image © lukas schaller all images courtesy of atelier thomas pucher

on a small budget, austrian firm atelier thomas pucher was able to completely transform the ‘villa SK’ for the owners by merely adding an extra component. the unmodified existing house now serves the private functions, bedrooms and bathrooms. two horizontal planes of red-colored concrete extend the entrance of the original aged structure almost to the end of the property line. full-height glass panes envelope the new living room with knotted hardwood flooring, ultimately making the surrounding yard and climate conditions the real enclosure of the space.

two massive beams with thin metal braces run along the top of the canopy and rest on a natural stone wall at the far end, allowing for a flexible open interior with only a few slender supports. the large members also double as the walls of the exterior second-level terrace accessible through the old residence. a seemingly floating interior brick partition with protruding angled units that act as shelves serve as a backdrop for various activities. the roof element contains a large void embracing the growth of a tree in a peaceful grass courtyard.

view from the front yard

addition with new entrance

open-air courtyard

grass courtyard with tree and living room walls

living room interior

view from the external road

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1





  • Perfect communion between traditional and daring.

    Sergius says:
  • love it

    lou says:
  • That’s beautiful… but please define “small budget.”

    c-dub says:
  • @ c-dub



    the count says:
  • Great modernistic design on a first glance, but the “spikes” in the concrete casted roof look like a mistake (or is the roofline bend? It actually looks quite formal, can’t see any reason or logic justification for that – and don’t tell me these are waterspouts!). In addition, I would have prefered the brick wall beeing also constructed in quarry stone (especially because of the “candle holder bricks” within that wall – they are quite tacky). The “embraced” tree looks more harried than anything. Lots of construction for only one room and a terrace. It is a fairly small intervention but counting the actual square feet of this design (and therefore the added surplus value for the client), I highly doubt the “small budget”. The longer I look at it, the less I like it. A little less would have been much more here.

    James says:
  • Such a bad bunch of Emptiness

    guydo says:

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