Rural Modernism: House T Delicately Contrasts Enclosure and Openness in the Austrian Countryside

Nestled among a tangle of vineyards in the Austrian countryside is House T, a home designed by Atelier Ulrike Tinnacher for a wine-making couple to retire on their vineyard. Situated on the site of a former wine press, the house is composed of two interlocking volumes that contrast each other in form and materiality. The private areas of the home are confined to the cast-concrete gabled structure, rendered in a softly speckled taupe color, whose thick walls are only occasionally interrupted by small windows. The public living areas are contained in a single-story rectangle, whose glazed walls create full transparency to the habitation within. Read more from Atelier Ulrike Tinnacher about the design of House T: “Embedded in the mellow, undulating landscape of Southern Styria sits House T, right on top of a hill, where it naturally blends in with the surrounding vineyards. Due to materiality and formal restraint, it forms a whole with the countryside as it stands confidently on the edge, gable facing the valley. The small vintner’s house, which used to be the wine press house until early in the 20th century, served as starting point for the single-family detached home. The historical ...
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