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Why wood?“Wood is part of the soul of the location, the Austrian mountains. Architecture needs to visually merge into the natural setting in order to be of a long-term aesthetic value and thus be sustainable, meaning in this case to have a long lifetime,” says Thun. The material, larch, is a local material and available nearby to the construction site, requiring only short ways of transportation and thus limiting pollution. More than that wood is a comfortable material: it is warm, has good insulation properties, which is important in the mountains.