Austrian architectural practice Caramel Architekten designed this fascinating residence in a suburb named Rodaun in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria. The family currently living here moved from an urban dwelling to this dream house at the periphery of the city with plenty of green. They envisioned children playing in the grass, the parents and their friends sitting amongst them, and all around nothing but green, trees, pure nature. The architects transformed a 5,382 square feet (500 square meters) area into four levels, three above ground and one below to yield a total of 3,229 square feet (300 square meters) of living space. The residence features a simple backyard complete with a pool and grassy meadow with trees.
In order to retain the character of the original meadow, the ground-floor living and dining area are tied to the garden in a generous sweeping gesture. This gives the feeling of a 500-square-meter living room composed of outdoor and indoor spaces. The tail end of the swoosh tapers to human scale forming smooth shallow depressions for sitting, curvilinear furniture, a pool and terrace with rounded corners. The sweeping gesture on the ground floor is made of semitransparent polycarbonate elements. The ephemeral character of the material is also employed in the facade of the top floor, giving it the appearance of an airy, hovering swoosh. On the rooftop, the patch of meadow removed from below is woven into the undulating green office landscape. A grassy green field on several levels interspersed with ephemeral swooshes of space.
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