Haus Fontanella, the house that rises between pines and spruce

Haus-Fontanella-more-with-less-01Named Haus Fontanella, the house is built by the Austrian studio Bernardo Bader Architects in a town in western Austria.
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The base of the house is built with concrete and is sunk in the slope while the upper part presents a materiality of pine clad with panels of carved firs of random sizes.
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According to the architect, the use of wood was similar to what it would have been years ago: simple, firsthand and rough, explaining how the fir was delivered from the sawmill and then installed on the walls in exactly the same condition.

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The architect combined in Haus Fontanella the traditional and modern construction techniques to build a house that resembles the construction of the typical Walser buildings.Haus-Fontanella-more-with-less-07Haus-Fontanella-more-with-less-05

The randomness of increasingly large windows that the house presents generate an exciting facade game and an intimate atmosphere inside, with framed views selected to the outside.
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The house consists of three floors, plus an attic hidden under the sloping roof.

Haus-Fontanella-more-with-less-14The main living and dining areas can be found in the middle floor, which open onto a terrace, while three bedrooms and a study are located in the upper part of Haus Fontanella.
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A sauna and storage area occupy the basement floor partially sunken in the hillside.
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The inner materiality of Haus Fontanella is wood, specifically it is silver spruce wood.Haus-Fontanella-more-with-less-06The upper floor is instead made with drywall.
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Most of the furniture is also made of wood and therefore the house has a material uniformity only interrupted by the important piece of the fireplace, element that together with a geothermal pump, give heat to the whole project located in such a cold climate.
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Photography: Archive Architects 

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