Habitat Andergassen Urthaler is Built Into a Natural Area

By: Joey Haar - May 18, 2017
References: archdaily
The mountains are beautiful natural scenery for a cottage or home, but erecting a building among mountains is inherently difficult because of the uneven topography; Habitat Andergassen Urthaler comes up with a unique solution to that issue. Rather than scouring the valleys for a large enough tract of flat land, Architekt Andreas Gruber, the studio behind the home, opted to embed it directly into the hillside.

Thanks to the location of Habitat Andergassen Urthaler within the mountains, it gives its occupants an excellent view of the surrounding Dolomite mountain range. The home's materials are further meant to evoke the mountains, as its facade and interior are made from high-iron granite and porphyry, two types of stone commonly taken from the quarries in the area.