Minimal houses and interiors have a special place in our hearts and the Velux Sunlighthouse in Austria is definitely one of the best we've ever seen. Designed by the team of architects led by Juri Troy, the building exudes natural, unconstrained elegance.
Truth to be told, its inside couldn't be simpler. Designers undoubtedly wanted to create a clean, uncluttered interior and they succeeded. There is no unnecessary furniture or decoration, just plain and well-lit surfaces. Possesion's total window area comes close to 42% of the floor area, which means that every beam of sun illuminates the inside brightly. Apart from breathtaking views, house's facade windows offer natural ventilation and reduced temperature losses in the summer.
All the grounding construction is made of concrete, but floor and selected ceiling elements were built using locally grown and processed wood. This combination optimise the emission of carbon dioxide and was evaluated by Austrian Institute for Construction and Ecology as friendly for the enviroment. Moreover, the house features innovative heat pumps, thermal solar panels and air system that lower the energy consumption.
As for the outside, the Sunlighthouse looks quite unusual. It was built to follow the decline of the nearby hills. Declivous roof is covered in solar panels and compliments the angular main structure. No round shapes are to be found, which is a good thing given the design of the interior.
The Velux Sunlighthouse may be too raw for one, but a piece of art for the other. Its simple and unobtrusive look leaves plenty of room for thoughts and provides the perfect retreat for those, who want to take a break from their stressful lives.