his modernist villa is in glass and concrete and has large terraces supported by extra-thin pylons. It clings on to a steep slope like an eagle’s nest and looks over the Traunsee, the lake of the Traun river, Austria. We are at the home of architect Christian Frömel, who with his partner Markus Fischer, set up architecture practice F2 Architekten, located in Schwanenstadt, a small town between Salzburg and Linz, in the Salzkammergut region. After years spent working for others, Christian finally built the ideal home for himself and his family. This place is modern, full of light and with plenty of room.
Here, the focus was to build an open-plan space, which seamlessly flowed between inside and out, for enjoying the full extent of the amazing views around the building. A floor-to-ceiling glass facade sits inside a concrete structural frame, parapets shelter the large terrace from indiscrete eyes and on the second floor, the cantilevered balcony provides an essential shadow during summer days. The furniture chosen with Hoflehner Interiors of Linz harmonizes with the villa’s modern aesthetics.
The wonders of nature rule over everything and the outdoor view becomes an integral part of this villa. Paintings, dramatic pieces of furniture or decorative accessories aren’t necessary. For this reason, Christian Frömel went for a streamlined minimalist look in white, combined with a few colourful pieces like sofas and wooden dining room chairs. What’s more, the floor also plays with a contrast between the starkness of white and the warmth of wood. A white kitchen and living room, timber in the entrance and in the living room snug at the same height as the swimming pool.
This little corner of Austria is an extremely well loved touristic destination. In the summer, there are sailing boats and people surfing on the lake. All year round, ferries take visitors to Ort castle, namely the small island opposite Gmunden, which is extremely well known in Austria because it’s the set of a popular TV series. It feels like a true holiday home and we hope that despite his busy work schedule, Christian Frömel will find time to enjoy his villa and the wonderful terrace view.
Architect’s private lake house
Location: Gmunden, Salzkammergut, Austria
Floors: Ground floor with entrance and garage and 2 floors above
Credits Erwin Wimmer
Courtesy Hoflehner Interiors