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Contemporary 500m² Living Room, Austria

Designed by Vienna-based Caramel Architects, 500m² Living Room is a contemporary multi-storey family home located in the Austrian city of Vienna.

Completed in 2010 the contemporary property has four levels, three above ground and one below, and the floors yield a total of 300m² of living space.

A family with young children may dream of moving home from their city apartment to a quiet and cosy house at the periphery with plenty of green space. They envision children playing in the grass, with parents and their friends sitting amongst them surrounded by nothing but greenery, trees and pure nature. The contemporary property is a 500-square-meter plot on a 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 façade of the top floor, giving it the appearance of an airy, hovering swoosh.

On the rooftop, the patch of meadow removed from garden is woven into the undulating green office landscape.

Lush green fields on several levels are interspersed with ephemeral swooshes of space. Images courtesy of Hertha Hurnaus.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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September 13, 2011 | Property | View comments

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