Aufberg 1113 is an architect-designed holiday home with two apartment rentals featuring amazing views over the surrounding Alpine landscape.
How would you describe Turmhaus Tirol in a few words?
Turmhaus Tirol is an extraordinary alpine chalet that’s set in a dreamy, rural location and boasts great views of the Alps, all just five minutes from a ski lift. But it’s not designed in the typical chalet style. Instead, we created contemporary, timeless architecture and an interior that draws on local materials.
What was your inspiration to create Turmhaus?
A few years ago, we had the opportunity to buy this piece of land on a steep meadow. The original idea was to create something with as little interference as possible to the mountain, at least in a visual sense. So we came up with the idea to create an 8x8 metre foundation and then build the structure to take advantage of the views.
We deliberately didn’t want to build a classic architect's house but, instead, something that was simple, inspired by the barns and agricultural buildings found throughout Gerlosberg and Tyrol. And in order to get the best possible view, the house was set far to the upper edge of the plot.
A lot of the design concept revolves around the materials we used — concrete, wood and stone. For example, we dug the stones out of the construction pit. All of the stone floors and stone slabs in the kitchen, as well as the vanity units and washbasins, were milled from natural stones that we found on site. Throughout the house, we’ve only used untreated materials, including untreated fir and larch wood, untreated natural stone and raw concrete.
Is Turmhaus Tirol best suited for adults or also families with children?
Turmhaus Tirol is perfect for families with children.
To you personally, what is so special about TurmhausTirol? And how would you describe the atmosphere?
It’s special because you have a comfortably large house that is divided into different levels, so you can easily spread out in the house to find your own privacy. We have stayed there with eight people and everyone found their area to retreat to. At the same time, it's also a place that’s great to get together with friends or family.
Also special is the level of comfort in the house, which is often lacking in new buildings that sometimes feel cold and without soul. The use of wood, natural stone and the quality of the materials create a warm atmosphere, especially in the evenings with the lighting (which is deliberately low) and the open fire going. It just creates a feel-good atmosphere in a very modern setting.
And then there is the wonderful nature that you can see in all directions through the large windows. No matter which level you are on in the house, you always have an outdoor area offering a direct reference to its fantastic setting.
And the entire interior was all planned and implemented by you?
Yes, we at Holzrausch created the architectural plans together with Philipp Reichelt from Grünecker-Reichelt Architects, so we had a very strong influence on it. From the exterior facade to the interior lighting, bathrooms, floor concept and fixtures, we have developed and built everything ourselves.