Austria-based architecture studio Marte.Marte Architects designed the four-story Mountain Cabin, which is located in Laterns, Austria, on a side of a hill just in the middle of a calm ravine.
The simplicity and grayness of the carefully hewn rough concrete building is complimented by the surrounding majestic view of the mountains and the beautiful green forest. It seemingly blends into the nature, leaving behind no tracks of change except from a little driveway leading up to its entrance.
From the driveway a staircase leads to the main level which basically operates as a terrace encompassing the whole building. The opening gives a unique possibility to the viewer to look through the construction and slowly take in the panoramic view. The building features deeply sitting square windows which vary in sizes. From the inside, the windows are accompanied by wooden frames guiding the guests attention on the outstanding picturesque charm of the slopes.
The base structure of the building consists of two supporting corner columns. The interior of the house is left as minimalistic as it can be, dominated by two different, yet perfectly matching surfaces, oak and raw concrete. Besides these materials, black metal surfaces can be found integrated in the interior. The main entrance leads to a staircase spiraling up and down, connecting the building with all the levels. On the upper level one can find the living room serving as a place for socializing versus the lower level where private areas provide the place for relaxation. “Semantically speaking, this gesture of the tower creates archetypes of fortified structures and abstract computer figures in your mind’s eye, making the tower seem familiar and strange at one and the same time.”
The externally precisely structured building might look like a fortress but the architects designed it to be first and foremost a home, standing still and standing the test of time continuing to be satisfying and comfortable for the needs of the client.