The Lake House in Austria fuses classy transparency with elegant opaqueness


Refined, svelte and diaphanous – this in a nutshell defines the Lake House on the shores of ‘The Neufeldersee’, a picturesque small lake nestled between two mountain regions, only about 30 minutes away from Vienna. Designed by Maximilian Eisenköck, the 220 sq m (2,367 sq ft) summer retreat has a overall horse-shoe shaped plan, while flaunting wood as the primary building material. According to the architect, the usage of wood lends credence to the complex geometry of the structure, while also accounting for the slim profile and facades of this summer house. To that end, the various wooden components were arranged upon the foundation plate, and then finished with particular timber types (including African Okume).

In terms of glasses and glazing, the architect opted for the more such facades on the northern side, thus making a case for induction of ideal natural lighting for the painting residents of the house. On the other hand, the only glazing concentrated in the southern part, is created in a specific zone that is already naturally shadowed by an adjacent building. Now, while this goes against the convention of south-facing windows, the need for adequate shading of a summer house was more crucial than achieving a flurry of natural sunlight from the southern side.


Lastly, as for the core design principle of the Lake House, the architect made it clear that his focus was to delve deeper into the intricacies of form and space, as opposed to technical additions. This is what Eisenköck had to say –

Today’s construction and the relocation of the building-budget towards building mechanization often compels architects to pragmatism – we want to change that in our design. We want to invest in the design, the shape und the surfaces more than in its technical features. In this project it meant that high quality products could be installed while keeping a reasonable budget. The weighting was towards high architectural quality combined with achieving a low amount of square meters trough a clever floorplan.

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Source: ArchDaily / All Images Credit: Maximilian Eisenköck

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