The residence which is called Edel:Weiss Residence which is located in Katschberg, Austria, is completed designed by the Italian architect Matteo Thun. This residence is precisely built by the architect on the highest point of the Katschberg Alpine Pass, it is about 1600 meters high, the two monolithic apartment-towers edel:weiss is demonstrates an almost symbolic portal between the two provinces of Salzburg and Kärnten, and it is have been appointed to acts as the new town’s landmark for today. This residence project is balancing a respect for Nature and the Tradition; it is as well as the interest of the tourism industry which is means balancing the essential requirements. The building in the Alps is requires a constant search for the stabilization, a constant search for the new solutions to build the ecologically justifiable buildings.
In order to avoid the ongoing urban sprawl of the traditional winter sports area, for Katschberg, a traditional Austrian ski resort between Salzburg and Carinthia, Matteo Thun are consciously created the two vertical buildings. A solution is found which is in line with the ambient environment by preserving the surrounding green soil and by reducing the floor space to the minimum size. For the electricity and the water supplies, this architectural concept is avoided the complex facilities of the infrastructures, and no supplementary roads are needed to connect the two apartment towers to the nearby Hotel Cristallo, it is providing all the necessary services to the residences. The wood as the main building material, once again stand up to the test by following the motto ‘kilometer 0’. Which is symbolizes the direct association to the environment, the two cylindrical structures are wrapped by a round bodied diamond rhombus structure which is made from the local larch wood, and it is fusing the inside and the exterior design. The two circular residential towers with different heights are balancing the given ground and measuring 20 meters in diameter, house 64 apartments varying from 45 to 180 square meters. The identical layouts with the different scales are allowing all the apartments spectacular panoramic views to the natural and unaltered landscape.
The interiors of the different residences are designed with generous layouts; lines and the shape are clear and light, it is by using mainly natural materials. The two different styles of the decor are provides choose of a basic configuration: a modern, urban flavor or a more classic, traditional alpine option. The entire complex is heated by the nearby power station, which is delivering biomass energy.
Visit Matteo Thun’s website – here.
Photography © Jens Weber