Everyone loves a breathtaking panorama. Think of the view from Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 (1960) of the city of Los Angeles, immortalised by photographic legend Julius Schulman. Vienna-based practice Najjar & Najjar have exploited another great view – of the Austrian city of Linz from the Pöstling Berg – in designing their ‘Villa A’.
After crossing a small pond, visitors to the house are invited to take in a stunning view of the city down below before entering into the structure’s central hall. Inside, various functions are located on different levels, but treated as one open space. This sense of openness is amplified by the use of full glazing, which blurs the boundaries between inside and out.