The Pond House | Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher

This small house sits at the edge of a pond surrounded by mature landscaping. It has one bedroom in 538 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Pond House sits at the edge of a man-made pond surrounded by mature landscaping. It was designed by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten for clients who requested a small house integrated with the garden.

The architects placed the dwelling at one end of the pond, giving the residents a longer view over the water. Because the ground slopes away from the pond, the house was raised on metal posts to just above the water level. That left enough clearance below the house for a carport on the downhill side. Dark-painted spruce siding blends unobtrusively into the vegetation.

This small house sits at the edge of a pond surrounded by mature landscaping. It has one bedroom in 538 sq ft. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The floor plan is a straightforward rectangle of 50 m2 (538 ft2) with a combined living/dining/kitchen, a spacious bathroom and the bedroom arranged in a line. The interior is mostly finished in birch plywood, with gray fiberboard used on the fireplace and some of the kitchen. A window wall allows the pond to be seen from almost everywhere in the house. The opposite wall of the living area is lined by cabinetry with a few small windows punched through.

Two doors provide access to the deck cantilevered off the pond side of the house. The deck is divided into two parts connected by a bridge crossing the end of the pond. One part of the deck is set up as an outdoor room with a steel framework for hanging shade cloth or mosquito netting.

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Photographs by Dietmar Hammerschmid, courtesy of Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten. Via ArchDaily.

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