Excerpt: Amorph Living Sculpture by Lechner & Lechner architects is a residence that merges with the natural splendour of its surrounding environment. To optimise sightlines and celebrate the beauty of the significant areas, the designers embraced a free-flowing floor plan. The line of sight is further strengthened by the view-leading window sills. These elements direct the viewer’s sight and create a harmonious visual symphony with the surrounding environment.
[Text as submitted by architect] At the core of the firm’s architectural endeavour lies a design philosophy centred around seamlessly integrating their structures with the natural splendour of the surrounding environment. Employing technological tools, such as Google Earth, they embarked on a strategic journey to discern key vantage points that would fundamentally inform their design layout. The illustrious landmarks of Leopoldkron Castle, Leopoldskorner Pond, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and the majestic Untersberg acted as guiding beacons, guiding the project’s essence.
To optimise sightlines and celebrate the beauty of the significant areas, the designers embraced a free-flowing floor plan. The line of sight is further strengthened by the view-leading window sills. These architectural elements deftly guide the observer’s gaze, orchestrating a visual symphony that seamlessly harmonises with the landscape.
The outcome is an awe-inspiring composition of slender structures artfully positioned at angles to one another, forming a captivating central opening that beckons exploration. The entrance area is designed to be intimate due to the spatial narrowing. Inside, one’s gaze is immediately captivated by the sculptural staircase, further enhancing the view towards the enchanting garden and water area.
Meticulous attention to detail is extended to the ground-floor spaces, purposefully designed to establish a harmonious connection with the great outdoors. The thoughtful arrangement of these spaces and the exterior garden design coalesce to evoke a warm and inviting atmosphere reminiscent of a hobbit cave. Drawing inspiration from the natural wonders that envelop the house—such as the garden, Leopoldkroner Pond, and the magnificent Untersberg—the designers crafted an ambiance that exalts the inherent beauty of the surroundings.
At the heart of the design philosophy lies the outdoor space, which acts as a vital mediator between the structure and its environment. The water surface gracefully directs one’s gaze towards the adjacent pond, delicately elevated within the terrain. Seamlessly blending the two water surfaces, a living artwork was sculpted that can be experienced through an elegant external spiral staircase. Moreover, the selection of design elements and carefully curated plantings strengthen the connection between the project and the landscape, forging a symbiotic relationship that enhances the overall experience.
Ascending to the first floor, the emphasis on connectivity to the outdoors persists as the designers introduce two expansive terraces flanking the living area. One terrace offers breathtaking vistas of the pond, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and the magnificent Schloss Leopoldskron, while the other is thoughtfully oriented towards a more private sphere. This living sculpture, a testament to an unwavering commitment to artistic innovation, beckons exploration through a circular journey facilitated by two vertical openings, both within and outside.
In the designers’ relentless pursuit to manifest this vision, they wholeheartedly embraced the art of timber frame construction. With precision and skill, wooden supports were thoughtfully shaped using state-of-the-art CNC milling machines and adorned with exquisitely crafted boards.
The individual wooden studs composing the outer wall were generously insulated to ensure unparalleled comfort and energy efficiency. As for the facade coating, polyurea was selected, a material renowned for its rustic appearance and frequently utilised in the construction of rhinoceros tanks in zoos.