in the austrian region of heiligengeist, design studio holodeck architects realizes its latest residential project ’embedded house’, an exceptionally striking villa which sits at the top of a sloping terrain. the award-winning design explores different spatial and technical parameters that perfectly integrate the house within the existing context.

HOLODECK architects embedded house austria desginboom
contrast of colors, lines, textures and materials create a dynamic spatial setting
(above and main) image © günther stöger



holodeck architects have explored different features and layers during the design process, among them: the existing villa structure, topography, landscape views, planning and building laws, and the development of the client’s family. based on the analysis and assessment of those parameters, the embedded house is defined along the site’s slope — in reference to the surrounding landscape. the final choice and colors of materials used in the architectural design create striking contrasts with the vibrant green grass and provincial nature of the austrian upperland.

overview of the embedded house
image © günther stöger

HOLODECK architects embedded house austria desginboom
bold design features create one coherent architectural language in the embedded house
image © günther stöger

the built house sitting on the sloping topography of the site
image © günther stöger

HOLODECK architects embedded house austria desginboom
ground floor plan



project info: 

design studio:
HOLODECK architects
project team: marlies breuss, michael ogertschnig, sebastian uhl, gernot köfer
project program: residential building, family with two children — newly built
client: family k, heiligengeist, austria
dimensions: gross area 294 sq.m, building area 5250 sq.m
construction completed: 2005-2008



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom