Inspired by bird nests, the Deluxe Mountain Chalets in Styria, Austria, are elevated above the ground on top of the crests, offering impressive views and a floating experience to the occupants.

The four cabins function as an extension to the highly-awarded restaurant “Wirtshaus Steirereck.” Each of them has a steel and point foundation, a superstructure made of timber and other natural materials, façade and window frames shaped from local larch wood, and an extensive green roof.

Entering the chalets is done through parking lots placed underneath the buildings. The interiors are clad in materials recycled from old farmhouses; they use geothermal energy for heating the floors and walls.

Residents have access to a foyer, spacious living room with dining area, fireplace, small kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom equipped with bathtub & sauna, and a terrace. Fully glazed windows are fitted throughout providing stunning panoramic views.

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