Sven Matt's Simple Gabled Home

It seems impossible to be a minimalist and maximalist at the same time, but that's what Sven Matt achieved last year, when he designed a 1,600-square-foot home in the hilly west Austrian town of Bregenzerwald for his brother Björn and sister-in-law Julia. The house's basic pared-down shape contrasts with its intricate, latticework shell—both inspired by regional design.

The house's simple gable form helps the house blend in with its neighbors.

Spruce wood also lines the floor, walls, and ceiling in the bedrooms. The residents must climb a ladder to access the loft above.

A skylight floods the loft space with daylight and offers views of the stars at night.

Contrasting with the densely organized upper floor, the lower one features one main open area for cooking, eating, and living that spans the building's entire depth. Pendant lamps by Supermodular hang above the dining table.

Built-in shelving crafted by local carpenters distinguish the living area from the service zone, where appliances and utilities are stored.

Plaster walls mixed with gray marble powder dominate the interior of the bottom floor, complementing its spruce wood carpentry.

The lattice shell was hewn from silver fir sourced from a nearby forest. Eternit shingles clad the roof.


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