Residential house Faistenau


The residential house in Faistenau harmoniously adapts to the shape of the plot and has a slightly elongated floor plan running from south to north. Built on a very steep slope , this single-family house opens to the west with irregularly arranged glass fronts, some of which are generous, and a porch on the accessible upper floor. In addition to the ventilated façade made of untreated, vertically running larch wood formwork, the cube-shaped, glazed projection clad with panel elements on the main elevation facing the valley is architecturally dominant.

This provides plenty of natural light in the living spaces and, together with the other glazing, offers an unobstructed view towards the center of the village and the imposing mountain landscape beyond – whether from the living room, the kitchen or even the tub in the bathroom.

The two different roof geometries were chosen on the one hand for functional considerations, and on the other hand for reasons of harmonious integration of the object into the surrounding landscape. The main roof in a design as a gable roof with purlin trusses and a roof pitch of 30 degrees ensures an optimal volume of space on the upper floor and a flexible and sustainable use of the premises, such as with bunk beds in the children’s rooms. The ancillary facilities on the first floor, such as storage and garage, were covered with a flat roof. The discreet flat roof thus emphasizes the main roof and gives the residential building a lighter appearance.

Ecology, sustainability and healthy living:

  • Upper floor barrier free
  • Timber frame construction, solid wood ceilings in sight

  • Wood species: spruce, fir, larch, oak, only domestic wood

  • Purlin roof truss with canopy

  • cellulose insulation, no use of PU foam in the entire house

  • Facade with vertically running larch wood formwork rough sawn, natural weathering, no chemical wood preservation, selective panel elements

  • Wooden aluminum windows

  • Air-source heat pump and living space ventilation, photovoltaic system planned in

  • Energy index 15 kWh/m2a

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