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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House Haller in Mellau, Austria by Haller Jürgen & Dr. Arch. Peter Plattner

 
July 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Haller Jürgen & Dr. Arch. Peter Plattner

The vision was a customised building, incorporating the impressive panorama at the foot of the Alps with a lifestyle demanding variable solutions. The owner’s specifications were a house combining living and working areas under one roof.

Evening View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

  • Architects: Haller Jürgen & Dr. Arch. Peter Plattner
  • Project: House Haller
  • Location: Mellau, Austria
  • Floor Area working: 150 spm
  • Floor Area living: 175 sqm
  • Project Team: Haller Jürgen & Haller Sebastian
  • Project Year: 2007 – 2008
  • Photographs: Albrecht Schnabel
  • Software used: Nemetschek Allplan

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

The entire design of this compact house conforms to the location and it was built into the slight decline. As the hill side of the house is embedded, the east facing cellar area could be naturally illuminated and used as an office, for example. This office has direct access, via covered outdoor steps between the main entrance and the carport. Due to its ideal positioning, the building profits from the optimal use of the mountain sunshine.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

In spite of being highly original and very chunky, looking almost fortified, the building does not appear out-of-place in its surroundings. The nearby 150 year old, heritage-protected, typical Bregenzerwald farmhouse is reflected in the Haller house. Local tradition has been reinterpreted, focussing on aesthetic details without cutting back on functional aspects.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

The entrance area is generous and includes a guests’ cloakroom. It is also possible to enter the house or the office from the double garage. The central staircase divides the ground floor into a living area and a kitchen/eating area. The bedrooms and an extra bathroom for guests are situated on the first floor. The owner’s bathroom has a separate terrace, which is ideal for relaxing and  enjoying the magnificent views. The ridge and pitch of the roof give each first floor room an individual character.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

The internal walls and ceilings are covered with local silver fir wood, which gives the rooms a cosy feeling despite the large glass windows. The outside façade and the roof have been finished with local silver fir shingles. Here we can see how the architect as made use of a single material, testing its possibilities and confinements. What was once considered confined to traditional buildings appears here as experimental.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Evening View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Evening View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Lighting (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Kitchen (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Dining Table (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

Bedroom (Image Courtesy Albrecht Schnabel)

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