Austrian studio [tp3] architekten have completed a stark white house in northern Austria with translucent sliding walls around a grassy courtyard.
A concrete base surrounds the ground floor of the three-storey House SL, which is set into the hillside between two towns.
The house wraps around part of the surrounding grass landscape to create a courtyard at first floor level.
White shutters slide over the windows of the main house.
Inside the house, a grey-painted staircase connects the first-floor living rooms with bedrooms above and a garage below.
Other houses in Austria from the Dezeen archive include one where¬†three separate units are linked by glass passages and another made from concrete and raised up on legs - see more projects in Austria here, and see our recent coverage of Vienna Design Week 2011 here.
Photography is by¬†Dietmar Tollerian.
The following few sentences are from the architects:
House SL, Engerwitzdorf, Austria
This building is located on a southern slope situated between the towns of Mittertreffling and Gallneukirchen.
The M√ľhlkreis motorway runs along the opposite hillside, and a dual carriageway along the valley, majorly¬†compromising what is otherwise a beautiful area of land. This was also the starting point for the draft strategy.
The building was not positioned on the northern limit of the parcel but deliberately Verb as a 'noise protection wall'¬†and as a 'supporting wall' to create a peaceful and even courtyard area facing towards the south. The courtyard opens¬†on its western side, where it connects with the 'natural' garden that includes fruit trees.
The architectural configuration¬†of the building takes reference to the traditional farm structures of the M√ľhlviertel with its tripartite arrangements, and¬†the white and grey fa√ßades.
In our case, this is concrete and a polyurethane cover which stretches around the entire building and neighbouring building.