Holzhaus am Auerbach – A Modern Holiday Home in Bavaria, Germany

Dubbed Holzhaus am Auerbach, this holiday home has been designed by its owner-architects, Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck. The house is set in a small village in Upper Bavaria, Germany, and features a series of cantilevered terraces that jut out from the both sides of the building.


Holzhaus am Auerbach - Small House - Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck - Germany - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house has a relatively small footprint and is only two-storeys high, but internally it’s been divided up into five different levels, including a basement. The split levels are used to define the different rooms of the house, removing the need to introduce partition walls while also maximising use of the internal volume.


Holzhaus am Auerbach - Small House - Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck - Germany - Kitchen - Humble Homes

From the outside the house resembles a typical alpine home – it has a pitched roof with an overhang, a tall chimney stack and timber-clad walls. A mix of small and large windows have be carefully selected and positioned so as to introduce natural light where it’s needed, without impacting the occupants privacy.


Holzhaus am Auerbach - Small House - Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck - Germany - Living Room - Humble Homes

The kitchen and dining area can be found on the first floor. The cantilevered terraces flank both sides of the room allowing the inhabitants to extend the living areas out into the garden space, and catch the sun regardless of the time of day.

Holzhaus am Auerbach - Small House - Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck - Germany - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The next level up contains the home’s living room – a simple space furnished with sofas, chairs and a large wood-burning stove in one corner. Going up to the third level you reach the master bedroom, which also contains the home’s toilet. The fourth and final floor acts as a luxurious bathroom that overlooks the living area below.

Holzhaus am Auerbach - Small House - Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck - Germany - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

The basement is used as a mainly as a stage space. To heat the home underfloor heating has been employed throughout. Conversely mechanical ventilation is used to help maintain a cool interior during the summer months. From the architects: “As we are both architects, the intention of our work was to show that the quality of a building is designed by its proportions, materials and structures, not only by size.”

For more small houses check out this family owned retreat in Sweden that features views over the Stockholm archipelago. Or, Creative House, a modern renovation of a traditional tiny house by Z_Lab. See all small houses.

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Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I wonder if the square footage is calculated from the furthest perimeter of the room or from some point on the floor where you can drop a 4-foot plumb line from the wall. There are a lot of full gambrels where I live (like an A-frame but two pitches to the roof) and the square footage is calculated only where you can stand up (give or take). I live in one of these & make outstanding use of what I call the “gambrel space”; i.e., the triangular space between the plumb line & the wall, with storage & low tables, but “officially” I cannot count it. This is good property tax-wise but not so great when I describe the house in a sales listing.

  2. I do like especially the bedroom portion. I also like the upstairs portion with coverings to stop you from possibly having a fall. Possibly have a built up of a 3 to 4 brick overlay and then the web netting to allow for air flow and give a little bit of privacy and possibly stop someone from falling and falling thru the opening to the other room down below.