Taking advantage of the beautiful views of the Alps from its location in Kitzbuehel, Austria, this modern mansion displays a studied approach to customized architecture. Provoking the mind to accept a different facade than it is used to, the Kitzbuehel Mansion blends with its rural surroundings, but also speaks a contemporary architectural language. The Austrian residence was split into two zones – one for social living to the East and the other one for sleeping, to the West. Linked by a glass partition on the ground floor and an elevated path on the upper part, these two volumes construct an eye-catching locally sourced Tyrolean wood-cladded house. Completed in 2011 by Hamburg-based studio Splendid Architecture, the 7,750 square foot beauty is compartmentalized into three levels built into the steep slope. Concrete floors cover the interiors and natural light floods the spaces through beautifully adorned windows that capture picturesque views of the Alps.