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House D in Dornbirn by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects

House D in Dornbirn by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects

Client: Private
Location: A-6850 Dornbirn
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Project management: Felix Kruck Construction
Period: 2016-2017
Area: 270 m²

Wood construction partner: Fetz Holzbau, Egg
Plumbing heating: Steurer, Schwarzenberg
Electrics: Prostrom, Lauterach
Interior construction: Schmidinger, Schwarzenberg

Photo: © Bruno Klomfar

Stüben, a steep mountain parcel above Dornbirn, offers a view over the Vorarlberg Rhine Valley, the mountain landscape from the First to the Swiss mountains, and in the northwest over Lake Constance. With its largely glazed living area on the top level, the house captures the panorama; its design language makes references to the architecture of traditional farmhouses.

The topography found largely determines the concept of the house. A narrow path leads between old pear trees to the entrance on the lower level. Most of the basement and the sleeping level above disappear into the area. 

The two floors are solidly constructed and appear as exposed concrete plinths. The strikingly cantilevered wooden building with a surrounding terrace and an equally expansive, gently sloping gable roof characterizes the house and convey lightness as well as security.

The living space is defined by the spacious roof with silver fir cladding, the oak floor and the materialized transitions to the outside space of the terraces. The kitchen and stove act as architectural elements of the room and are integrated into the outer wall of the house. The reduced materialization of the house with concrete, wood, and steel continues in the furniture. 

It creates an unexcited overall design that allows the house to act as a place of retreat and a place to experience nature.