Courtyard House, Vorarlberg

Designed for a couple who desired to live on a single level all living spaces are arranged around a courtyard including a swimming pool. The courtyard is enclosed by the building itself on three sides while the slope provides the fourth wall. This main floor rests in part on columns and in part on two additional floors including a self-contained apartment on the intermediate level. The lowest level contains the garage and infrastructural spaces.
The plan of the main floor has a U-shaped layout: kitchen on the southern side, living area on the western side, sleeping and bathrooms on the northern side creating an open and light filled spatial continuum.
Towards the valley the building appears as two minimalist boxes clad in brushed aluminium and copper while the courtyard pays homage to mid-century modernism. This twofold orientation enables a variety of views of the surroundings and of the building itself. The field of view reaches to the horizon and nonetheless a great sense of intimacy and privacy prevails.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
The top floor consisting of living spaces wrapped around the courtyard is very successful in balancing openness and intimacy.


Christian Tonko


Year of completion

Vorarlberg, Austria

Total area
300 m2

Site area
1400 m2

Leonhard Hilzensauer

Project Partners

Wälderbau Dragaschnig GmbH, Böhler Fenster GmbH, Elektro-Kirchmann GmbH, Schmidingermöbelbau gmbh

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