The Wohnzimmer House, designed by Caramel Architekten in Vienna is the home to answer all your ‘if’s and quandaries. If you live in a cramped apartment, at the heart of the city, you’re most probably dreaming of a home in the midst of a sweeping green landscape. If you have a family, a child or maybe more, you want them to have room for all their imagination and play to unfurl freely. If you have an office job, you crave the day you will afford the leisure of working from the privacy and comfort of your own home office. Here comes the Wohnzimmer House, then. It’s semi-opaque outer shell conceals three levels above ground and one below, totaling 300 square meters. The living room is encased in glass, achieving the impression that it extends into the carefully landscaped 500 sq m lawn on which the home stands. There are patches of green carpeting in the day area and superb green tiles in the bathroom. There is an outdoor pool and wonderful minimalist furniture inside, all white, transparent or green. The entire structure appears to have been designed with a swift flick of the wrist, a grand sweeping gesture, which resulted in a semi-circular ‘tail’ to the house, encased in semi-transparent polycarbonate elements, for creative use of natural light.
Caramel Architekten, a Vienna-based practice, designed the home in 2010, and it won them a coveted first prize in an architectural design competition. Not their only award, of course. Their sleek designs, often featuring less used materials and meandering lines, at once organic and post-industrial, have received plenty of media attention, both in their native Austria and beyond. All photos taken by Herta Hurnaus.