Close to nature yet packed with technological refinements – that is how futurist Matthias Horx imagines future homes will be, and he has already realized his own personal vision very much in the here-and-now. In the north of Vienna he had two separate, two-storey cubes built with a facade of black fiber cement panels; one cube provides living space, the other working space. The two structures stand opposite each other on an exclusive site directly on a slope. Spacious glass facades give the occupants a fantastic view over the lush green meadows of the 4,500 square meter plot and nearby Schottenwald.
For the living and working areas, the interior designers from Yarah David Interior Design opted for a wooden floor that cites the home’s surroundings: the light Douglas fir floorboards by Dinesen make for a warm, inviting atmosphere while their color corresponds with the white walls, ceilings and furniture. The natural grain pattern and minor inclusions lend the wood an unobtrusive, subtle appearance that is unique. The attractive floorboards are not standard stock articles, but were specially cut to size for the owner, who wanted open zones that merge seamlessly into one another, modular areas adapted to the needs of modern family life that can also be flexibly altered by the next generation.
For all its closeness to nature the property is also jam-packed with technology: Water collectors and solar panels on the roof, an integrated photovoltaic system in the south-facing windows and sensor-operated blinds to provide shading all serve to transform the property into an active house that sources its own power.