The name Heumond is a reminder of summer life in the countryside. The modern interpretation of a traditional timber house is surrounded by fragrant hay fields and rough pastures on a sunny plateau not far from Lake Wörth in Carinthia – with a sweeping view of the Karawanks mountain range and into the Rosental valley.
From the outside, the two-storey gable-roofed building with its exposed concrete foundation, rough-sawn larch façade and cool vestibule is reminiscent of a farmhouse that blends timelessly into the landscape. The minimalist and open interior, on the other hand, is dominated by modernity. The clarity of the forms and natural materials and the conscious use of material and colour contrasts create an unpretentious, casual living atmosphere that focusses on the essential.
The bright kitchen and dining area on the ground floor form the communicative hub of the house, which merges with the living area with its spacious sofa and fireplace a little lower down. Flexible sliding elements provide for quiet retreat or openness, according to preference. Large panoramic windows stage expansive views of the landscape, the sunset and a magnificent starry sky.
If you follow the built-in furniture, which extends like a “black core” from the bottom of the stairs to the top, a bright gallery with a sunbathing window, daybed and workspace opens up. The reduced design and the scent of untreated spruce and silver fir create an almost contemplative atmosphere and inspire quiet moments of leisure or creative work. One of the two adjoining bedrooms has an en suite bathroom. The second, larger bathroom with wooden bathtub, sauna and covered terrace is an intimate space for wellness. A large sliding door allows the inside to merge with the outside, while fine wooden slats provide privacy.
And when the sun is shining, you can enjoy the large, natural garden, where in summer the air smells of freshly mown hay.
What to do
Jump into the lake in the morning, have breakfast in the garden afterwards, go hiking, cycling or golfing and end the evening at home or at the lake. Or rather get up early, pack your backpack and go on a mountain tour in the nearby alpine mountains of the Karawanks, Friuli or the Triglav National Park with its wild and turquoise Soča river. Or perhaps you would prefer a city trip to Klagenfurt, Ljubljana or Trieste? Everything is possible, be it hiking, climbing, canyoning, paragliding, gliding, mountain biking, alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski tours and even ice skating. Lake Wörth, including all water sports activities, is only 5 minutes away, along with many other lakes in the immediate vicinity. There are also four golf courses and various high ropes courses. And if you don’t feel like cooking, you can indulge yourself in the culinary delights of the many first-class restaurants.
Why we like this house
A house with a clear architecture, in tune with its location, which seems to float above things, yet is firmly grounded and invites you to unwind and relax.
This house is great for
Families and couples (a total of 6 people) who, in nature, are looking for a break from hectic everyday life and yet do not want to miss the variety of the ambience around Lake Wörth. The minimalist setting is particularly suitable for artists.
|Region/Town||AT – Austria, Carinthia, St. Egyden / Velden am Wörthersee|
|Scenery||On a quiet, sunny plateau above the village of St. Egyden, not far from Lake Wörth, with a fantastic view of the Karawanks.|
|Number of guests||Max. 6 (4 adults and 2 children)|
|Design||LP architektur ZT GmbH, Altenmarkt (AT)|
|Published||Handelsblatt März 2022, Häuser des Jahres 2021 (Houses of the year 2021) / Callwey Verlag|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Golf, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains, Sauna, Skiing, Workation|
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