House W immediately strikes you as unique with its folded steel roof. Set amongst the countryside in Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria, Austria, this modern dream home designed by Lostinarchitecture is a renovated structure which significantly contrasts its natural setting yet seems to flawlessly fit within it.
The steel panels drape from the rooftop onto various parts of the smooth white concrete facade. Due to building regulations, the home’s footprint couldn’t be expanded so the architects went upwards with innovation. A new master suite, living zone and terrace now exist on the upper level which views the stunning landscape of vineyards and the Danube River. The remainder of the home features only slits of windows offering privacy from the street and neighbors.
The downstairs living room spills out to the gardens which features an elevated outdoor dining patio and trim lawn. Interiors are comfortable, with basic furnishings such as the small modular sofa and rustic wooden truck serving as a coffee table. An entire wall features custom built-ins to house the plentiful CD collection of the owner.
Two wide openings lead to the adjacent kitchen which is sheathed in white cabinetry and features a smart central cooking island. The white-on-white is clean, complemented by a polished metal drum pendant, while the slim wood dining table features modern perforated-wood chairs. This culinary space receives washes of natural light from the living room’s floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
A set of pure white stairs curves to the second level which is beautifully clad in horizontal wood-paneled walls and flooring. This roof level terrace receives cool geometric cut-outs which expertly frame the lush, hilly countryside including the Vienna Woods. Steel-framed glazing becomes an entire wall which opens onto the wood deck and deposits plentiful daylight into these upper living and sleeping quarters.
House W is a modern dream home which amazes with its industrial edge balanced with countryside beauty.