Photos by Albrecht Schnabel
As much as I love the tortured geometries and flamboyant form-making of some contemporary architects, I also appreciate more subtle approaches that rely on simple operations like subtraction. This house is a pretty clear example of such subtraction: a solid mass that has large chunks carved away to provide light or to connect certain parts of the house’s programming to the exterior. And what a lovely exterior! Situated in Austria, the House Haller was designed by Haller Jürgen and Peter Plattner where it sits at the foot of the Alps. Variations of the same natural material are used inside and out, which I think helps give the project a calm kind of cohesion. It’s so easy to imagine yourself there, relaxing as you stand around the piano with your family and sing songs to the snail that lives on top.