A spacious mansion for a young family at the Leopoldsgraben in Klosterneuburg near Vienna was completed in may 2006.
The site is situated on a slope overlooking the whole valley. The base of the building roughly follows the incline of the slope and is slightly terraced itself. In keeping with the concept the ground floor consists of several levels following the downward slope. These levels divide the lavish loft-like living space into various functional areas like the fireplace or a lounge area. The kitchen with a dining area and a breakfast terrace are likewise connected to the main living space. Various patios and terraces as well as a swimming pool are located around the building and create a seamless connection between the living space indoors and the landscape outdoors.
A cantilevered structure is located above the ground floor and houses the private rooms. The steel columns are reduced to a minimum and follow structural system. A gallery provides access to the library, the guest quarters and the children's room. The master bedroom is located on a further level, half a floor above. There is also a separate bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. The rooftop terrace offers a grand view over the green valley scenery.
The surfaces on the ground floor are mainly made of stone and wood and the upper floors are a especially smooth coated white box. The garage and the technical rooms as well as the fitness room are located in the basement. Thus they are integrated in the terrace levels following the slope. The main surfaces of the building can be opened in various ways. A large glass roof, spanning almost 10 m2, can be opened above the gallery and the living room thereby creating a kind of interior patio.
Different terraces and balconies around the building offer direct access to the garden form different levels. The garden itself is under development by two landscape architects. An underwater window in the fitness room creates interesting insights and lighting situations in the basement.