Where the lake and the forest form a breath-taking backdrop, 30 distinctive new freehold apartments have sprung up: On a hillside plot high above Lake Traunsee in Gmunden in Austria, Traugott Architektur has designed a residential complex that breaks down into eight structures all offset from one another. Every building has three storeys and an additional maisonette storey with a roof terrace. White walls, a clear pattern and floor-to-ceiling French windows — the residential complex is defined by a timeless, modern form language that sets a clear accent in the landscape.
During the planning the architects faced two challenges: In addition to the extreme hillside location, which brings its own particular technical requirements, access to the site is difficult. Eight houses were built, with an underground garage with access on the west side. The overall appearance of the compressed hillside construction is shaped by the clever staggering of the structural dimensions. This structure, divided into small parts, was also supported by the architectural advisory board, a communal body that consists of independent architects and assesses the architectural and urban planning quality of the projects. The self-contained units create privacy and intimacy and overall still offer plenty of open space and a view out onto a homogeneous ensemble.
The spatial quality of the complex continues on the inside, where it again creates diverse room situations. All apartments have large window fronts so that the rooms are filled with light. On the upper floors, there is a wonderful view of Lake Traunsee and the surrounding landscape. Every unit has a terrace or a balcony on the lake side, i.e. facing westwards. The residents of the maisonette apartments can enjoy the sun and the view on the roof terraces. The apartments have particularly generous dimensions thanks to the floor-to-ceiling UPVC/aluminium windows and the two-storey air spaces that ensure a lot of light right into the depths of the living spaces. The high quality of living is enhanced with a large communal area and fitness room in the centre of the complex and with an integrated recreation area that transitions seamlessly into the adjacent meadows and pastures.
Freehold apartments, Schlagenstraße, Gmunden, Austria
Architects: Traugott Architektur ZT GmbH
Apartment type: residential construction
Year of construction: 2007 - 2010