At first, you might be slightly surprised by the name: “Steinhaus (stone house) am Auerbach”. This Steinhaus in the Bavarian town of Oberaudorf looks like a wooden house from the outside, but is in fact a massive stone building with 80cm thick walls. Thanks to its timber cladding, however, it blends in perfectly with the surrounding houses. Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck are masters at building on small surface areas with unusual spatial concepts – as they proved beyond question with their previous project, the “Holzhaus (wooden house) am Auerbach”, with which the Steinhaus shares the property. Once again, the building’s floor plan is far from standard.
The parking space is located in a “cut” corner of the house, behind which the entrance area opens with a glass-panelled front. The bedrooms are on the ground floor together with two bathrooms, a sauna and a reading room complete with a fireplace. Under the roof you will find the living room, as well as the kitchen with a dining area and access to the large roof terrace. The interior design – with linoleum floors, and solid wood and clay-plastered walls in muted colours – creates a quiet, relaxed ambience.
Pictures of the interiors by Florian Holzherr
What to do
The house gives you direct access to nature.
In winter: skiing, touring, tobogganing, skating, winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, jogging, as well as short and longer walks.
In summer: hiking, high ropes courses, natural swimming spots, mountain biking, jogging, tennis, sailing and kiting (at the Chiemsee lake), water skiing (Kiefersfelden), horseback riding and golf.
Various destinations for excursions: Lake Chiemsee (35 km), Salzburg (108 km), Munich (83 km), Innsbruck (85 km), Rosenheim (31 km), Kufstein (8 km), Lake Schliersee (36 km), Lake Tegernsee (61 km ) or Kitzbühel (48 km).
Culture: the new Festspielhaus in Erl (festival venue), the Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf (music film festival), the Bad Endorf cinema, cultural events in the castle Neubeuern or Architectural tours in Tyrol.
Why we like this house
A house with many, extraordinary details that shows how well you can live in a small space. The many panoramic windows are a particular highlight.
This house is great for
Holidays with family or friends. Combining your stay with the neighbouring Holzhaus am Auerbach is ideal for joint holidays with two families.
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Oberaudorf
Name: Steinhaus am Auerbach
Scenery: In a small village in the northern part of the Alps
Number of guests: 1-5 people
Design: Christine Arnhard & Markus Eck, Munich
Published: Dezeen 1/2019