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.
BAUMHAUS LODGE in Schrems, Austria by baumraum
September 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: baumraum
The site for this special construction project is a small wooded property beside an old quarry right at the eastern fringe of the town of Schrems in Lower Austria. A combination of several happy coincidences makes this site the ideal location for a very special tourism project.
The property is surrounded by extensive natural landscapes, but also has the advantage of being located near the town and having tourist attractions in very close proximity. One of these attractions is a lake and the modern underwater theme park UnterWasser-Reich in the Naturpark Schrems nature reserve.
The property, with its varied character and its unique features, is a gem in its own right. At the heart of the site, which is approximately two hectares in size, there is an old and long-disused granite quarry. The exposed rock faces rise between two and seven metres above the surface of the little lake that formed after the quarry was abandoned.
The vegetation on the property includes several beech and oak trees as well as a few pines and younger spruces. A gully, small hollows and a long natural stone wall lend added interest and variety to the site. An old concrete crane pedestal still stands at its original location. Now overgrown with shrubs, it resembles a monument to the property’s history.At the southern boundary, the property gives way to cultivated fields and a grove of birch trees and gives access to a large network of hiking trails.
In creating our design, we wanted to respond to the special features of the place and transform its unique spirit into architectural structures. Our strongest impressions of this site were related to the elements of earth, water, and air, which became our guiding principles when developing the design.
We divided the property into several different zones:
– the quarry
The reception building, which also contains restaurant facilities, is located at the north-west edge of the property. From this vantage point between birch and pine trees, visitors can enjoy the evening sun and the view over the lake and the UnterWasserReich park.
Description of the part that is build now:
Two additional, almost identical residential units for tourists are located beside the natural stone wall and on the old crane pedestal. Another building, a 15-metre tower with three accessible storeys, was also designed for this location.
This part will follow:
Two treehouses in a large oak tree and a pine tree on the northern side of the lake provide exotic accommodation among the trees for additional guests.
Our design calls for a total of four cliff houses at the edge of the quarry. Their angular shape echoes the structure of the rocks. A sauna with a jetty at the level edge of the lake will offer wellness facilities for all the guests of the resort.