House in Tschengla by Innauer-Matt Architekten

‘House in Tschengla’ is a wooden holiday home of 127m² (1,367ft²) set on the mountain plateau of Tschengla in Bürserberg, Austria. Innauer-Matt Architekten designed the holiday house in 2016 for a family whose flat located just thirty minutes drive away, in the Austrian town of Feldkirch.

Most owners use their holiday homes for only a couple of weeks a year, leaving them as empty objects in their respective surrounding for the rest of the time. This is, however, not the case with House on Tschengla, which has become a fully-fledged second home for its owners. Located a mere 30 minute drive from their flat in the Western Austrian town of Feldkirch, it allows them to live in two worlds, between the lively density of a town and the vast solitude of the mountains.
The varied, mostly untouched nature with its alpine flora and breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains make Tschengla, a plateau high above the village of Bürserberg, a very special place. With respect to this unique setting, we decided to place the newly built House on Tschengla into this precious scenery like a solitaire. Its outlines are an unmistakable reference to the way farmhouses have been built in Alpine regions ever since the first settlements: a simple, well-structured wooden building on a solid plinth, its gable looking down the valley. Works around the house were kept to a minimum to leave the new building surrounded by untouched alpine pastures.

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Photographs by Adolf Bereuter
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