Guide to Austrian house design and architecture

Moving from one continent to another, from the USA all the way to Austria, sounds like a more convenient nightmare for anyone who’s had some experience in long-distance moving. First of all, you need to know where you’re going. You shouldn’t read the previous sentence in the most literal way, of course. In this article, we’ll help you get to know the cultural terrain you’re moving to, and by that we mean – how common people in Austria design their homes. Without further ado, here’s a quick guide to Austrian house design and architecture.

Sustainable housing in Austria

When it comes to implementing sustainable housing, Austria is one of the top states in the world. Since 1994 Austria has built about 15000 so-called Passive Houses, sustainable, efficient, low-energy housing units. When building a home, one must think of the environment, and Austrians are well-known for their eco-friendly mentality. So, if that’s cool with you, as it should be, think no more. Avoiding stress while moving from the USA to Austria should be your first priority. You can relocate easily with experts’ assistance and start living the ultimate fairytale fantasy while being environmentally conscious. Green is always a way to go, as you can see in the picture below.

"Consume less. Share better." - a saying that can in a way describe Austrian design and architecture.
Austrians are well-known for their Passive Houses, sustainable housing units.

Idyllic Austrian villages – a fairytale setting

We’ve all heard the Austrian countryside is beautiful. Plenty of novels, considered world literary heritage, take place in the Austrian countryside. Probably the most famous of Austrian XX century novelists, Thomas Bernhard, even though he somehow hated the Austrian countryside, couldn’t resist buying an old house in a village near Gmunden. Rare are those who stand indifferent to the sight of a traditional wooden Austrian house. Add a little snow to that picture and you get a real-life fairytale village. Although some say that autumn is the period in which the Austrian countryside looks most beautiful. We’ll leave it up to you to decide who’s right. Feel free to check out if you’d like to find out for yourself which season in Austria is more scenic.

A house on the lake in Autumn
Autumn in Austrian countryside is, as you can clearly see, a marvelous picture

Buying a house in Austria – potential problems for newcomers

So, you’ve decided where in Austria you’d want to settle? The next step is to get as much information as you can on the area. In some areas in Austria, magnificent Tyrol – for example, the state only allows EU citizens to buy a property. Although, some say there are ways you can get around it. In any case, you should always check special laws and requirements for the area where you’re planning to buy or build yourself a home. Hopefully, this quick guide to Austrian house design and architecture has been of great help to you and you’re just a few steps away from providing yourself a fairytale Austrian home.