Sloping meadows and woodland thickets are all that surrounds this boxy concrete house in the mountains of western Austria by local studio OLKRÜF.
Located on a steep slope backed by a forest and almost 1 km from the nearest Austrian village of Schnepfau, Bregenz, Haus Ruscher presents a profile of two solid concrete cubes varying only in the addition of the home’s windows. The larger of the two buildings contains the living rooms and bedrooms, while the smaller structure is a guesthouse with a sauna and shower room in the basement.
The interior walls are also constructed of one solid piece of concrete that run from the main level all the way up to the roofline. This singular wall process eliminates any visible construction joints created by the horizontal planes of the floors and ceilings. All the interior concrete has a sandblasted finish and the wood clad floors are Elm.