Pichler.architekt[en] is a Vienna-based architecture firm, with extensive experience in sustainable design. First and foremost, the architectural practice gives priority to innovative design. Their goal is to deliver sustainability-oriented structures, while assuring all the elements needed for the client’s comfort.
Presented project, The Little Black, is a cubicle shaped family house located in the suburbs of Vienna, more specifically in Sievering. The house apparently stands out from its surroundings, because of its specific construction, yet it also harmonizes with the nature, merging into the landscape with its beautiful color. The usage of black, which can be considered a statement for the architects, is meant to be a conscious energy efficient choice for the house.
As for its structure, the narrow specifications required the architects to think outside the box, and create a house as flexible as possible, for a family of five. As the fixed point of the structure, the fence on the northern side serves as the main starting point of the whole building. To enter the house, one has to pass the south-facing terrace to reach the entrance on the ground floor.
Stepping inside, the family is greeted by warm and bright tones of the wooden interior. The staircase functions as the central element of the house, which connects the upper floor with the fully developed lower floor. The precise details, found in the interior design, enable the family to experience maximum comfort on a minimum surface. Rethinking spatial features and embracing simplicity was the key to pichler.architekt[en], when designing the house.