x architekten: little black dress

x architekten: little black dress

‘little black dress’ by x architekten in gunskirchen, austria all images courtesy x architekten image © rupert asanger

austrian practice x architekten has sent us images of ‘little back dress’, a private residence for a young couple in a rural district of gunskirchen, austria. drawing from the local typology of the neighbouring farms, the design is a contemporary interpretation of the classic gable roof form to combine a house, a courtyard, and an outbuilding in one monolithic volume.

x architekten: little black dress exterior view image © rupert asanger

situated on a 1000 m2 plot of hilly land, the structure graphically stands out with its asymmetrical profile and dark cladding material. a large square-shaped void has been excised out of the form, serving as a courtyard and passageway running though the core of the house’s footprint. finished in white wood, this spatial cavity establishes a graphic contrast in the singularly wrapped building.

x architekten: little black dress street view image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress south elevation image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress view from the east of the plot image © rupert asanger

due to the poor soil condition of the site, the floor plates have been constructed in reinforced concrete in case of potential flooding. the interior of the main house is arranged in an open fashion with the ground floor accommodating the kitchen, living and dining space. featuring white spruce as the dominant material, the ceiling is rhythmically defined by parallel beams. the upper level features a second living area and bedroom and maintains the slope of the roof form to create angular and dynamic interior spaces.

x architekten: little black dress interior view image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress wooden ceiling image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress kitchen image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress staircase image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress second level bedroom image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress in context image © rupert asanger

x architekten: little black dress site

x architekten: little black dress floor plan / level 0

x architekten: little black dress floor plan / level +1

x architekten: little black dress north elevation

x architekten: little black dress south elevation

x architekten: little black dress east elevation

x architekten: little black dress west elevation

  • One thing I like about this is the “courtyard.” When I lived in North Carolina (USA), I had a wrap around porch under roof on which I could sit outside and watch the incredible rain storms. This space is not that inviting yet, but possibly with a landscape, someday it might be.

    savannahjones
    Sep 26, 2011
  • I wish the exterior of the house was the color of the red roofs of the surrounding structures. How about a “a little red dress”.

    Louisemarion
    Sep 24, 2011
  • nellie, really? where in florida

    moderndesign2120
    Sep 20, 2011
  • I wish I could afford having such wonderful interior!

    celeste raposo
    Sep 19, 2011
  • Really? I grew up in a house similar to this in Florida. they are everywhere in Fla. Only they are far more inviting than this black one. Nothing that new under the sun.

    nelliej
    Sep 19, 2011

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