This Striking Black A-Frame Generates More Energy Than it Uses

By Kathryn McLamb / Published by Dwell

Located near Salzburg, the Solarferienhaus S3 blends low-impact technology with high-impact design—and it’s now available to rent.

If you've been itching for an excuse to head to Austria, look no further than the freshly revamped Solarferienhaus S3 (Solar Holiday Home S3). Once an outdated 1970s structure, the A-frame now combines eco-conscious credentials with swoon-worthy design thanks to a thoughtful renovation by architect Thomas Ziesel. Yet, the home's blackened exterior and timber entryway aren't even its biggest updates.

The freshly revamped A-frame features a solar-paneled roof and an innovative timber entryway.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

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After passing through the wooden opening, guests enter the home via a glass-encased hallway.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

As part of a holistic concept that mixes solar living, solar mobility, and solar leisure, the Austrian rental is topped with photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy to not only power the home, but also charge an electric car.

The minimalist A-frame overlooks pristine alpine views.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

Located in a quaint village near Salzburg, the restored A-frame houses a contemporary, whitewashed interior. Its pale wooden floors and clay building boards conserve heat in the winter, while also cooling the home in the summer.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

Within its minimalist interior, the A-frame houses two levels. The ground floor is comprised of a well-equipped kitchen unit, spacious living and dining area, bedroom, and bath. The loft, which is assessed via ladder, contains another sleeping area and study. And thanks to a glazed back wall, the home frames gorgeous Alpine views throughout.

The island merges effortlessly into the dining table.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

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In the kitchen, the cooking unit blends into a black wall.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

With enough room to comfortably sleep four, the Solarferienhaus S3 offers a tranquil oasis for anyone looking to get away, and it can now be rented for both short- and long-term stays.

A peek at the light-filled sleeping loft.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

Glass doors open the home to an expansive wooden deck overlooking gorgeous Alpine views.

Photo by © Thomas Ziesel

Learn more information about booking your own stay on Holiday Architecture.

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