studio PAULBAUT’s ‘HAUS KW’ proposal is a modern take on residential austrian houses. the concept behind the project was born with the client’s desire to separate the sauna cabin from the main structure. this idea is reflected in the design of the building skin, where two separate typologies are brought together: a typical vernacular pitched roof and a minimalist ‘box’ house. 

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shell design: process diagram




studio PAULBAUT proposed a partially floating cast-in-place concrete slab which allows for a smaller building footprint and less disturbance of the existing landscape. the interior finish is deliberately kept stark, with a sealed concrete floor and white walls: this highlights the warmth of the wooden sauna block and furniture.

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fall season 

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winter season 




the house would be composed of the following spaces: multi-purpose room used as relaxation area, art studio, library or guest bedroom, sauna cabin, bathroom, storage, MEP closet, and an outdoor terrace with privacy towards east.

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3D section showing the configuration of the interior space




the highly reflective insulated metal panels constitute the main layer of the building skin. wooden slats cover up the northern facade, resembling the traditional building material so often used for cladding in surrounding houses of mountainous regions. structural timber constitutes the main support of the house. privacy on the eastern and northern facades is satisfied with glazed openings placed on the southern and western facades.

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axonometric view of the house 

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house elevations showing the different facades of the house and the privacy settings 

studio PAULBAUT proposes HAUS KW as a hybrid house in austria
floor plans showing each a particular use of the multi-purpose room 



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom