Adding to the long list of recent projects that make the case for perforated façades, this house in Austria's pastoral Bregenzerwald region is a lesson in dressing up the basics. As part of a home designed for his brother and sister-in-law, architect Sven Matt wrapped the classic gabled house in an intricate lattice shell made of locally-sourced silver fir.
With bare plaster walls and spruce wood-lined floors, walls, ceilings, and staircases, the interior of the 1,600-square-foot residence is incredibly pared down. Even then, the elaborate latticework finds a way to spice things up. Case in point: the window in the bathroom, where the lattice shell stands in intriguing contrast with muted curtains and gridded tile walls.