Tour This "Low-Tech," Wood-Clad Home in Vienna

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Located in Vienna's 14th borough, a neighborhood known for its vast green space, including a dense forest called Vienna Woods, Austrian architectural firm JOSEP designed a minimalist home to fit in with the surrounding landscape. Built for a rock climbing couple, the environmentally friendly house equipped with large windows sits nestled into a hill with a panoramic view of the city below.


The home, clad in wood panels and crowned with an asymmetrical gable roof, was designed with "low-tech" elements: The team cut out unnecessarily complicated technologies to create the pared-down aesthetic. The firm's simple principles for the home (which include functionality, usability, and maintenance) can be found everywhere in the design — from the local construction materials to the plant fiber insulation to the space-saving storage options.

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The crisp landscape below is on view throughout the dining and kitchen space. Lighting by Molto Luce adds to the natural light coming in from the large windows.

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Dining Room

A custom dining table is surrounded with mismatched chairs from the client's personal collection.

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An antique Singer sewing table owned by the clients functions as a side table separating the dining room area. A custom shelf displays the client's extensive collection of books.

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An ash tree wood staircase (made from the same wood used for the flooring) leads to an upstairs that features a high sloped ceiling. A recessed square window provides the ideal space to snag views of the city below.

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The sloped ceiling adds a layer of romance to the quaint bedroom, lit by minimal ceiling lights designed by FIRM. A rug, owned by the clients, adds a dash of color to the ash wood room.

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A wood-encased terrace on the upper levels provides gorgeous views. The A chair is from the VITRA Home Collection.


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