Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is
a chalet built from pine and spruce

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Austrian studio Bernardo Bader Architects sourced pine and spruce from the surrounding slopes to build this picturesque chalet in a village of western Austria (+ slideshow).

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

Named Haus Fontanella, the house is built between the Glatthorn and Zafernhorn mountains in Fontanella - a village with historical ties to the nomadic Walser people that settled throughout the Alpine regions in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

Bernardo Bader combined traditional and modern building techniques to build a house that resonates with the typical Walser buildings. A concrete base burrows down into the hillside, while the upper section comprises a pine frame clad with roughly-hewn spruce panels of random sizes.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

"Our use of the wood was similar to how it would have been years ago - simple, first-hand and rough," said Bader, explaining how the spruce was delivered from the sawmill and then installed on the walls in exactly the same condition.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

Square windows also come in a variety of sizes and are dotted around the walls in a way that gives no clues about the internal layout.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

"The intentional rough planking together with the randomness of smaller and bigger windows generate an exciting facade game and an intimate atmosphere inside, with selected framed views to the exterior," said the architect.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

There are three storeys inside the house, as well as an attic tucked beneath the sloping roof. Silver fir lines walls, floors and ceilings throughout the building, plus most of the fixtures are also made from wood.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

The main living and dining areas can be found on the middle floor, opening out to a sheltered terrace, while three bedrooms and a study are located upstairs, and a sauna and storage area occupy the partially submerged basement floor.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

A geothermal pump offers a sustainable heating source and extra warmth can be provided by a wood-burning stove.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

Photography is by Archive Architects.

Here's a project description from Bernardo Bader:


Haus Fontanella

Aim of the project: Not far away from the town centre of Fontanella - an old village of Walserpeople - the house is situated on a inclined south-terrace-plane. Not just to benefit from the great view but also to optimise the property's borders, the building is placed on the upper part of the property and the volume is kept as compact as possible.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

The whole facade of the building is a made of differently size sliced spruce boards, exactly how they are delivered from the sawmill.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

The intentional rough planking together with the randomness of smaller and bigger windows generate an exciting facade game and an intimate atmosphere inside with selected framed views to the exterior.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce

The basement is made of concrete, the rest of the house is a whole wood construction. The interior work of the ground floor is also a silver-fir wood construction, the one in the upper floor is drywall.

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce
Site plan - click for larger image
Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce
Basement floor plan - click for larger image
Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce
First floor plan - click for larger image
Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from pine and spruce
Loft plan - click for larger image
  • Frank

    The first floor plan shows a dogleg stair and yet it appears as a straight run in the photos with a door into the bathroom off the landing? A section would be nice! Looks like a lovely project all the same.

  • Simon Gerssen

    That’s what they mean with a room with a view.

  • Thomas H Wood

    Simon Gerssen, I agree. I would but this house purely to be able to wake up to this view every morning. You just couldn’t wake up in a bad mood.

  • rohtmuz

    Are these not renders?

    • Simon Gerssen

      Could be renders, but the house is built between the Glatthorn and Zafernhorn mountains in Fontanella.

    • Eyes

      They’re not renders. No 3D has attained that level of sensitivity to an image. No, not even the popular Bernard, Guthrie, etc

  • Paul O Brien

    It’s nice alright but give me Gion Caminada above this any day of the week.

  • Luke

    The views are breathtaking. I’d love to live here.

  • Mr Walnut Grey

    My winter home awaits! This is simply stunning and with that view… Wow.

  • izobelo

    The interior shots made me melt. Perfection!

  • RainierWolfcastle

    Upon closer inspection – these are renders.