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Wooden house for two

Many architectural designs move away from the standard architecture towards individual solutions. Builders have long understood that houses have to adapt to all phases of life in order to be sustainable.

The young owners of this wooden house on Am Pfänderstock took this to heart: For their own house they only wanted to concentrate on the space that they actually need, while remaining spatially flexible in order to be able to adapt the house to a new phase of life if necessary. ...

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Unusual structure in Munich

If you want to build on a property that is not in a so-called B plan area, you need a lot of patience. The plan-substituting regulations of the public building planning law require for projects within the context of built-up districts that they fit in there. This question, which does not mean uniformity, can be discussed excellently with the authorities - and argued before the administrative court. For the design of this residential building, which differs significantly from the traditional house type, the approval was initially refused for several months.

Now the house stands there as a matter of course, under an eye-catching roof shape with two gables over the corner and a striking bay annex ...

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Modern architecture with natural building materials

Building with natural building materials was important for this single-family house in Berlin-Staaken: the architects combined rough rammed concrete with a cork facade, broken up by large windows, and a lot of wood inside and followed the cradle-to-cradle principle, that is, a consistent one Circular economy.

Under construction law, only one full storey was allowed on the property. However, that would not have been enough for the client. Part of the house was therefore moved underground. From this basement, sub-floor areas are staggered around the central staircase and spiral upwards - like a corkscrew. ...

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Modular holiday home in Styria

This holiday home can accommodate up to ten people. In a small space they can find a place for community, for cooking and eating. The focus here is on nature. Architect Martin Summer therefore decided in favor of the typical local construction and adopted the roof pitch and gable direction.

The timber construction, planned and prefabricated down to the last socket lead, was delivered to the construction site by truck and mounted on prefabricated foundation supports. After three weeks of construction, the house and all of the built-in furniture were ready for occupancy. ...

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City, country, house - EFH in Hallwang

The simple, modern single-family house is located in the 4,000-soul village of Hallwang, directly on the northern outskirts of Salzburg. The state capital can be reached in a few minutes by bus and S-Bahn. Appropriate for this location, the building presents itself as rough, unadorned, tactile, spacious, straight ahead.

The compact, three-storey structure, made of wood, is covered with a gently sloping gable roof. A circumferential single-storey, flat-roofed outbuilding ...


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House on the slope above Waldenbuch

Properties that are considered "difficult to build on" have their own charm for architects. In the case of this densification, too, the challenge was answered with an extraordinary house that no one would have thought of without these difficulties.

With this residential building on the edge of the Schönbuch, the property was the challenge: a cumbersome south-facing slope in the second row. The architects responded to the building task with a functionally organized, linear residential building that confidently corresponds to its surroundings. ...

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As soft as concrete in Munich-Denning

In fact: concrete is hard, but it doesn't have to look like it! This is proven by the builders and planners of this single-family home in Munich. The facade was built by hand. This makes the surface appear soft and haptic. The surface is created by a broken grain of the aggregate. The load-bearing concrete structure is insulated on the outside and finished with a second in-situ concrete shell. In contrast, there are the dark glazed oak windows: they set handcrafted accents. The most striking are the wide garage door and the entrance niche.

The initial situation was difficult: the property has a trapezoidal shape that meets a sharp bend in the road. So it goes wrong ...

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Sculpture made of concrete and oak in Gelterkinden

The builders and architects of this habitable sculpture in the Swiss town of Gelterkinden, south of Rheinfelden, were not afraid of concrete. The shape of the building follows the plot, which runs parallel to the contour lines. The house is accessed from the slope. The facades are closed on three sides. The panoramic glazing only lets light into the house on the valley side and allows a view of the surrounding foothills of the Alps.
An inconspicuous staircase leads from the hall to the basement. The eye-catcher, on the other hand, is the generous staircase leading upwards, which is visible as a shape inside and out. The upper floor consists of ...

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Wooden house in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The house is located in the middle of the old trees of a former village inn. In its rustic style, it is reminiscent of a Low German hall house, a type of house that has characterized rural northern Germany since the 17th century.
The central and largest room is the two-story living hall. It is accessed centrally in the north, to the right and left of the entrance are the kitchen and toilet as well as the technology. The living and dining room takes up the entire width of the house, flanked on both sides by single-flight concrete stairs that lead to the narrow upper floor with bedroom, bathroom and study. ...


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Expressive house in Ohlsdorf

The house in Ohlsdorf ties in with the red brick neighboring houses in terms of shape and material and is entirely in the tradition of expressive modernism by Fritz Höger. Höger was one of the most famous architects of the 1920s and designed pioneering buildings such as the Chilehaus in Hamburg, which is still a sensational example of brick expressionism. Otherwise the house is also in good neighborhood - near the Ohlsdorf cemetery. It is considered the largest park cemetery in the world. The area is almost 400 hectares. The cemetery planned by Wilhelm Cordes received the Grand Prix of the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. Such an environment obliges. ...


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Revival of an old coach house in Berlin

What to do if a building should actually be demolished, but the builders have fallen in love with the old walls? Then the architects have to make something out of it - especially if the ensemble is a listed building, like this old coach house of a former brewery.
The property in Kollwitzstrasse is in the courtyard, surrounded by a six-storey Wilhelminian style complex. Since 1995 (here in the redevelopment area) the ensemble of the former brewery with depot has been a listed building. So the old brick facade facing the courtyard was carefully renovated and insulated from the inside in order to preserve the historical patina on the outside ...


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House on the lake

The clients were actually looking for an apartment in Munich. The architects and interior designers around Gerhard Landau and Ludwig Kindelbacher liked the planned residential complex, and a friendship developed with the architects. However, for various reasons, the property was not bought. It was only later that the opportunity arose to acquire a steep 2,000-square-meter lake plot in the five-lake region.

With the residential building on the lake, the planners committed themselves entirely to the tradition of the Lochau building site. The areas of the 500 square meter house are distributed ...


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Dialogue in the village of Seewis

This underground residential and studio building in the Swiss town of Seewis is separate and yet united. The residential and studio building with the distinctive insulating concrete façade is located on the sunny south-facing terrace below the Vilan mountain. The building dimensions specified in the building regulations of the municipality were strict, so the architects arranged two houses on the 2,000 square meter hillside property.
Both houses were built from insulating concrete. The architects appreciate the recycling product, some of which is made of foam glass gravel, because ...


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House for three in Büren-Wewelsburg

The house was built for a young family who lived in three different locations on weekdays. The builders chose the property with trees, two wooden huts and a barbecue area and imagined a house dug into the landscape and surrounded by trees. Based on the model of a house already built by Kraus Schönberg Architects. There were enough problems: The building ground consisted of rock right up to the sward. The beautiful trees were evenly distributed over the property - extremely unfavorable for a compact floor plan. ...


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Solid house in Memmingen

In fact, this house is only made of three materials: concrete, wood and steel. Architect Alexander Nägele therefore sees the house as "an antithesis to the current development in building, which, among other things, gets out of hand in the use of diverse materials and building products". The legal proceedings won the architect and client.

For the sake of peace in the neighborhood, however, they agreed on a compromise with the neighbors: The outer facades were concreted and then, in principle, satisfied. ...


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"Schwarzbau" in Lochau

Lochau lies between the 1,000 meter high wooded Pfänderrücken and Lake Constance - from the lido you can see Bregenz. So the situation couldn't be better. But even there there are unfavorably cut plots: The remaining parcel of the "Haus am Bäumle" was cut narrowly when the real estate was divided. The property slopes sharply to the north, and below it is bounded by the Lohbach. The redensification was only possible through the direct extension to the access route and the allowance for distance granted by the neighbors. ...


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House on the slope above Wangen

Anyone who builds needs time to plan. The builders of the mountain house had them over Wangen im Allgäu. They took their time developing their spatial program and looking for the right architects: Fabian Evers and Christoph Wezel, both born in 1973 and both with their own offices in Stuttgart, were given the contract. The result of the process is a polygonal building that stands freely on the property. The house consists of wood, exposed concrete and aluminum, all materials are natural. They should patinate and age with the residents. ...



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Backyard house in Cologne

Space is tight, so it pays to remodel unusual objects. This is also how the Cologne builders saw it, who had a former Printen bakery in a Cologne courtyard converted into a cozy residential building. The small Printen bakery in the back yard of Cologne's Försterstrasse was empty and left enough space for visions. Because a classic renovation in several construction phases would have been an unreasonable burden for the residents, the architect and client decided on a wooden framework that lifted a crane over the front building and thus enabled rapid renovation. ...


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Wooden house in Dellmensingen

It had to be a design by Jürgen Haller! After the owner's family inherited their property, they contacted their favorite architect. The family knew its buildings from the "Houses of the Year" competition. Although the property of the client is on the outskirts of an industrial park near Ulm and thus more than 150 kilometers from the architects' office in Vorarlberg, the clients saw no alternative. In fact, as the planner later summed up, the spatial distance was not a problem. ...


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House on the dike in East Frisia

The form traditional, the formulation contemporary: The house on the dike by Thomas Kröger Architekten was awarded first prize in the “Houses of the Year 2018” competition. The eye-catching details include the gable facades with their large, round gates. They were built in a herringbone bond. The clinker comes from the neighboring Wittmund brickworks and was burned there in a tunnel kiln. In terms of color, they correspond exactly to the roof tiles. This makes the courtyard look like a red monolith. ...


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Semi-detached house in Dietersheim

Dietersheim, near Munich, was until not so long ago a village with rural structures. That has changed: in the meantime, stables and barns have been converted into apartments. New settlements emerged on site. Research institutes have established themselves and offer newcomers attractive jobs. The architecture office 4 Wagner + Partner saw the transformation of the village as an opportunity and participated in the development with the design of the BMW2 semi-detached house on the outskirts. ...


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Single-family house in Dortmund

What to do with a 380 square meter plot of land in the form of a piece of cake and also located at an intersection? The best thing to do is to build a real "piece of cream" on it. What the real estate developers and property developers called "unbuildable", the architect and building owners called "challenging" and planned an unusual property. It was helpful that they already knew each other: Geitner Architects had already built a house for the client's brother in Dortmund in 2013 that was awarded the NRW timber construction award ...


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House on the moor in Krumbach

The house on the moor stands on the outskirts of the spatially dispersed municipality of Krumbach - and, as a consistent timber structure, continues the building tradition in the Bregenzerwald. Its elongated shape is reminiscent of agricultural buildings. The structure, based on the rural construction, is ideal for the family: A kind of threshing floor forms the center of the house. It offers a play area for the children and leads to a terrace on the garden side. It is a versatile transition between ...


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Mini house in Tyrol

This mini house is a model house and should serve as a later kit for a complete building. It is currently used as a guest house. And because it looks like a mixture of UFO and bird with its spirited foundations, the local people have long given it the nickname "Ufogel". The module is diverse: it can serve as a boathouse, an alpine hut, holiday apartment or exhibition pavilion. Bivouac and mountain hut are his ancestors. The manufacturer devised the small house together with the architect as a contribution to the creative handicraft funding program in Tyrol. ...


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Solid house in Riehen

The Swiss town of Riehen is well known to architecture and art lovers: the Fondation Beyeler designed by Renzo Piano was opened in 1997. Other well-known architects have also built on site, such as Herzog and de Meuron, whose natural swimming pool was inaugurated in 2014. In this respect, the bar was set high for this house in Riehen, especially where it was the first work by Reuter Raeber Architects.
For the house on the slope, the planners chose a mixed construction. The floor on the ground floor, the fireplace and the two load-bearing outer wall panels were made of concrete. ...

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Barn in Neustift

Under the motto "Reduce, reuse, recycle", the architecture office Madritsch Pfurtscheller built the Moser house in Neustift. A hundred-year-old, empty barn was dismantled and rebuilt 800 meters further. The house remained unchanged from the outside, but modern rooms were created inside.

Architect Robert Pfurtscheller was particularly interested in finding a good solution here, because the property of the client is in his own place of residence, in Neustift in the Stubai Valley in Austria. ...


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Art in architecture in Blaibach

Since the concert hall planned by Peter Haimerl, the 200-souls town of Blaibach has also been known to many people outside of Lower Bavaria. The artist Leo Schötz wanted to build a house in the community. His choice fell on the architects Stephan and Nina Fabi from Regensburg, of whom he knew two earlier designs for artist studios. It goes without saying that the artist took part in the design. That was essential, because he not only had clear ideas, but also wanted to do a lot on his own. ...


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House for Gudrun in Mellau

This house is actually a two-room apartment, just in the form of a house. The architecture firm Innauer Matt realized the small, inexpensive house for one person in prefabricated wooden construction, single-storey and without a basement directly on a concrete floor slab.

Inside, the black-glazed wooden house consists of a living room and two smaller rooms: one more private, the other accessible from the hallway. ...


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Brick house in Hamburg

All around are houses from different construction times. Architecturally speaking, the neighborhood is very heterogeneous. The architects took up the most widespread element: brick. The new building, a single-storey, spacious atrium house, has light brick facades. A special design detail is a surrounding floor joint.It visually lifts the house from the ground; it seems to be floating. ...



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Redensification in Kaiserslautern

On the opposite side of the valley there are several historical buildings that are illuminated at night. The Hohenecken castle ruins from the 12th century, the Rochus Chapel from 1748 and the parish church of St. Rochus from 1896 form a beautiful backdrop. So that the residents can enjoy this view, the planners reversed the room layout of a typical single-family house: the upper floor, with the best view, is the kitchen and living area, including the rooms and the bathroom. ...



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Timber frame villa in Hamburg

At first glance, it is a stately house that can assert itself well in its villa environment - the villa in Reinbek, a neighboring town in Hamburg. It is not a typical traditional villa, but an independent, also idiosyncratic work. It stands on a large piece of land in the valley of the Bille. Because rivers are mostly humid, the ground floor is a little above the site. ...



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Workshop in Düsseldorf

The quick glance of the passers-by through the entrance gate of the front building reveals only a slight inkling of the inserted loft and reveals nothing of new life in the backyard. Critics of the "single-family home" type should still venture further into it. Because here in the middle of Düsseldorf city center, an old workshop building from 1896 was converted and expanded - a stroke of luck and an absolutely successful contribution to the discussion about redensification / conversion / urban living. ...



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Wooden house in Rombach

The wooden house is in an attractive quarter that was built on in the 1950s. Gradually, the neighborhood is being densified. The large plots allow that. This house was also typical of the surroundings, with its room layout and construction quality no longer meeting today's requirements. Only the garden level with garages and ancillary rooms could be preserved. The plan was to transform an "existing property" into a contemporary residential building. ...



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Villa over Graz

Those who have space and are allowed to build on the slope enjoy almost unlimited opportunities to combine architecture and landscape in an exciting way. Like this villa with pool and panorama over Graz. The property, a steep slope, offers a magnificent view over the city. This panorama has largely determined the design. In addition, there should be a direct connection between the living spaces and the garden. ...



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Garden house in Zehlendorf

This house is located on the Schlachtensee in southwest Berlin in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district and on the edge of the Grunewald. Here the clients acquired a plot of land in the immediate vicinity of the lake. The architecture office was recommended to them by other satisfied clients. ...



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Cultivation in Bergisch-Gladbach

Many houses from the post-war period are currently changing hands. And not all of them are good housing estates. Many are stylistically sophisticated, some even enjoy monument protection. In any case, they require careful handling during renovation, extension and conversion. The aim in dealing with the architecture of the kidney table time is to adapt to today's living requirements and to reduce energy consumption to an acceptable level. ...



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Wooden house in Seefeld

There are real dream houses. Most of them stand on a large plot of land with a spectacular view. One such house is this wooden house by Studio Rauch in Hechendorf, a district of the Seefeld municipality in the Starnberg district. From the property, the view sweeps from the Pilsensee to the Wetterstein Mountains - and on days with good visibility, the residents can even see the Zugspitze mountain railway. ...



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Concrete villa on the lake above Konstanz

That is a noticeable number, this house: massive concrete cubes protrude from the slope above the Wollmatinger Ried on the Untersee of Lake Constance. A stair spindle is elegantly screwed up on the outside of the house. It looks like a sculpture. And the whole thing is made of white concrete! ...



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Redensification in a Munich orchard

Large plots of land in the building areas of the economic boom offer plenty of space for redensification. Likewise the former orchards of the settler houses from the post-war period. One such fillet piece in the north of Munich, which is valuable today, was built on with a modern but simple single-family house. ...



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Black House in Ettlingen

No question about it: this house is the black sheep of the settlement! In the best sense of the word. In terms of urban planning, the black house is based entirely on the typical Ettlingen architecture. This includes cubic house shapes with a gable roof, supplemented by subordinate neighboring houses and the alignment on a property boundary. ...



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Passive house in Fussach

The small architect-designed house stands out: it is black and, together with two old wooden huts, closes off the town center in terms of urban development. Elementary school, church, municipal office, shop and local public transport are all within walking distance from here. On its other side, the property borders the nature reserve on Lake Constance. ...



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Small house for two in Chur

As usual with architectural designs, the small house is custom-made for two people to live in. It is on a slope and the road goes around the property from two sides. Not easy to maintain privacy here. The planner solved the problem with form and material: the house has a repellent effect on the street, the concrete makes it a fortress. A habitable sculpture was created, which is made up of three different ...



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Venue in St. Georgen

After a fire, the old "Leibgeding" of the Kammererbhof near St. Georgen in the Black Forest was destroyed to the ground. It should be rebuilt in its old location as soon as possible. "Leibgeding", also Ausgeding or senior citizenship, is traditionally understood to mean a house that is additionally equipped with lifelong support and right of residence, which a farmer receives as compensation for handing over his farm to his children.



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Concrete house in the Allgäu

This unusual low-energy house stands on an Ice Age elevation above the city of Kempten. The ground floor forms the basis, it rests as a high plinth on the property; The garage, patio and kitchen complete it with a roof terrace. The upper floor is located above the living area and the master bedroom, it looks like a saddled little house and offers additional living space for the children's room.



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Stacking house in Cologne

Take: a vacant lot in the middle of Cologne, small and cramped, and builders who want open, light rooms plus a living room with a large covered terrace and a studio on the ground floor. No problem! The solution was to stack the rooms on four floors. The visual separation from the street is achieved by an artistically perforated metal facade.



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Refurbishment in Heroldsberg

Save energy or generate energy? That is often the question when it comes to the energetic renovation of an existing building. Here in the example a single-family house from the 1960s in Heroldsberg. The renovation is a successful example of how the search for contemporary solutions can succeed.



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Black Forest house in Schluchsee

Plain, simple and yet completely different, this Black Forest house presents itself on a large hillside property. Instead of the simple, prescribed roof overhang, the planners put a kind of second facade around the upper floor. An arcade was created with additional free space. The light facade consists of a framework of pre-greyed silver fir.


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Listed brewery shed in Berlin

The property in Berlin's Kollwitzstrasse is located in the courtyard of a closed block edge made up of six-story Wilhelminian-style buildings. The ensemble of a former brewery with a coach house has been a listed building in the redevelopment area since 1995.



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Multi-generation house in Munich

They are widespread, the simple house cubes of the 1930s. And they always remind you a bit of coffee grinders. The compact shape has enormous potential, as this example in Munich shows: A single-family house that is also suitable for a sustainable multi-generation house.



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Terrace houses over Lucerne

The view from above is great, but it is not possible to look into these three terraced houses above Lucerne. The hillside plot was the last plot that could be built on on the border with the agriculturally used area. It rises steeply to the northwest. At the top is mixed forest, fruit tree meadows border the property on two sides.



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Wooden house 11 x 11 in Wörthsee

It should be compact, appear homogeneous from the outside, big enough for a family with two children and of course the house should also be something special. A habitable sculpture with the floor plan dimensions of eleven by eleven meters in Wörthsee emerged from these client specifications. The clients work in the communications industry, they see their house as an "icon", a manifesto for something new. ...



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Sustainable house in Frohnleiten

Sustainability is on everyone's lips, but difficult to implement structurally. With this design in Frohnleiten, the architects tried to plan sustainably with regard to the energy balance, energy generation and consumption, but above all with regard to the manufacture, maintenance and finally - in the distant future - the demolition of the building. So they took into account the entire life cycle of the structure, from the extraction of the building materials to their disposal. ...



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Purism in Munich

This new building in a residential area of ​​Munich stands in the second row in a spacious garden with old trees. The white cube seems to be growing out of the ground. The windows are large-format openings and let the south and west sun into the house. Visitors can reach the entrance along the windowless east wall. The front door is made of shimmering silver steel and looks like a hermetic seal.
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Minergie duplex in Zurich

Minergie is a Swiss building standard for new and modernized buildings. The brand is shared by business, the cantons and the federal government and is protected from abuse. Minergie houses are therefore "in" in Switzerland. The type of building that has been developing more recently also includes two detached single-family houses in the rural area of ​​Zurich. They are housed together on a narrow piece of land ...



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Inner house in Salzburg

The single-storey cuboid is an eye-catcher and yet offers its residents absolute privacy and protection from prying eyes. How it works? The house has no windows facing the street. The two sides are also largely closed, but have openings that illuminate the open areas behind. Then the architects housed the bedrooms and the guest room in these small interior atriums.
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Town house in Frankfurt

Vertical living? Ah yes! Narrow and tall! Like this town house in Frankfurt am Main! At first glance - and in the neighborhood - the viewer suspects apartment buildings, as in the well-preserved Wilhelminian-style neighborhood. But it is a single-family house on five floors. The floor space is also extremely small, the new building was only allowed to be eight meters deep. The property is just 131 square meters.
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Solitary on the slope above Bregenz

At the foot of the Pfänder slope in Bregenz, above the Sacred Heart Church, citizens have been building their houses for decades. These free-standing villas were the formal requirements for this unusual solitaire, which looks the same on all four sides. The all-round glazing, which catches the eye from the outside, allows the residents a 360-degree all-round view of Lake Constance and the neighboring mountains.
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Pavilion on Lake Zurich

It's a dream: the property is located in a small bay on Lake Zurich. Inspired by this dreamy landscape, it made sense to combine living space and nature, for which the typology of the "summer pavilion" was ideal, ie a light architecture that is made up of horizontal and vertical surfaces.
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Residential house on the Glienicker See

Living by the lake always has its charms, but building sites on lakes are rare and expensive. It is all the more important that they are adequately built - not with standard houses, but with high-quality, sustainable architecture.

One such example is the house in Potsdam, on the west bank of the Glienicker See. Old trees with pines and birches characterize the area along the lake promenade. ...

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Volksvilla in Hamburg

Every place has its typical architecture. Good architects take up these structures and reinterpret them. This is how this house was built in Hamburg-Volksdorf on a narrow piece of land. With this design, planners and builders are reinterpreting the classic Hanseatic clinker brick houses in the area and building a modern cube from them. The sharp-edged building has an effect through its strictly structured facade made of clinker brick and glass surfaces.
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Residential house in Haldenstein

This unusual object stands high above the Rhine Valley - a wooden house made of light, prefabricated elements. The building site is steep, so the concrete base of the filigree construction must provide a secure hold. The spatial plan of the house includes a four-and-a-half-room apartment and a studio, which can also be separated as a two-and-a-half-room apartment. One thing was particularly important to planners and builders: the residents can enjoy a different, spectacular view from each room! ...

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Villa on the edge of the forest in Munich

The design goes back to a competition for a villa as a family home in the south-west of Munich. Essential components of the concept were the embedding in the public green space and the representative driveway. Three new pine trees at this point create a connection to the adjacent forest and form a natural, soft contrast to the building, which is closed to the outside. Only the entrance opens with glazing that extends over both floors. ...

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Farm 2.0 in the Puster Valley

Everyone has an idea of ​​what a farm looks like. Somehow homely and slightly old-fashioned. But what does a modern farm look like? Our example, a farm in the South Tyrolean Puster Valley, offers an answer. This is a relocated, newly built yard. The old buildings were ready to be demolished and could no longer be renovated. The requirement was to build a farm that would blend in with the landscape in a quiet and closed way as a solitaire ...

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Minergie house in Zurich

What is a Minergie house? "Minergie is a Swiss building standard for new and modernized buildings. The brand is shared by the economy, the cantons and the federal government and is protected from abuse."

This is what it says on the website of the same name. In the example we get to know a single-family house on Hottingerplatz in Zurich, the shape of which adapts to the existing building lines and to the line of the neighboring house on the top floor. ...

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Row houses in Radebeul

Plan once, build several times! The terraced house has advantages, on the one hand it saves money, on the other hand the landscape is much less sprawled than with detached houses.

This is also good for Radebeul, a popular place to live in the Elbe Valley near Dresden, where building land is scarce and prices are high. ...

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Conversely, live in Hohenecken

Vacant spaces are always a challenge, but they can be closed skillfully with intuition and architectural expertise. This is what these two little black houses show. They are located in the Hohenecken district of Kaiserslautern in the old village center and fit perfectly into the townscape.
They are in a prominent setting: across the street, several historical buildings are illuminated every night: The Hohenecken castle ruins from the 12th century, the Rochus Chapel from 1748 and the parish church of St. Rochus from 1896 form the beautiful backdrop ...

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Villa in Graz-Geidorf

Simple and yet complex, clear and yet playful, light and optimistic, small and yet large - these were the conditions for planning this unusual house in Graz.

In addition, there was a beautiful plot of land in a Graz city district, a restrictive development plan and a strict budget. The clients wanted a place that was "architecturally special, but not stressed". So "unconventional, special - and yet very suitable for everyday use". ...

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"Darth Vader" passive house

Urban redensification with a small budget are current issues. As you can see, it doesn't always have to be implemented 08-15. An interesting design is this wooden house. The architects themselves describe the two-storey building clad with roofing membranes as "Southwest". If they had decided on the name "Darth Vader", it would have come as no surprise to almost no one!
This design was less about aesthetic features than about the consistent implementation of certain requirements that ultimately led to this idiosyncratic design. ...

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Rolling luxury (real) mobility

Tiny houses are in! So why not think about tiny apartments on wheels too? A home does not necessarily have to be firmly anchored in a certain location. Especially in our times of escapism, the number of those who want to escape everyday life quickly and flexibly with a caravan or camper, i.e. a mobile home, is growing.

Designer Nils Holger Moormann pursued similar considerations when he gave the classic among campers, the VW T6, a stylistic revision. ...

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City house Berlin

Living in the city is always attractive for families when the house has a large terrace or a small garden. Urban vacant lots and plots that are difficult to build offer the opportunity to plan such family houses. A good example is this unusually landscaped parcel with a dilapidated house from the 1930s. All around are traditional villas from the last century, but also two- and three-family houses and younger row buildings, which suggested redensification on the plot. ...

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Triple Zero House in Ulm

Do you remember Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House? It's back! And this time it's in Ulm! The one-storey bungalow with a basement is located on the rear garden area of ​​an older residential building and is accessed through a private driveway. The property has a park-like quality with old trees, which allows the facades to be as transparent as possible - because nobody can look inside. ...


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Wooden house above Piesendorf

Architects live from word-of-mouth propaganda. This proved to be the case once again with this project in Piesendorf, a typical holiday destination near Zell am See in Austria. The architect had already built a holiday home there, and another order followed in the immediate vicinity, which was to form a unit with an existing building on the mountain. The new structure is simple and is based on the surroundings, especially on the mountainside from which it appears to have been chiseled out. ...


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Textile living cube in Potsdam

The unusual house stands in the middle of the Potsdam cultural landscape, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Instead of the original greenhouses, a contemporary residential and studio building was to be created. The simple two-storey building was made of steel and is encased on the outside by a partially movable textile shell. A red plaster facade is hidden behind the translucent covering. Depending on how the residents move the textile cover and thus change the light and view, the view also varies over the course of the day. ...

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Radical restructuring in Selb

What should you do if you no longer like your old family home after a long period abroad? You rebuild it! This house in Selb is such a radical renovation. There was a family house built in 1956 in line with contemporary tastes. A young family of four, who returned to Selb after years abroad, initially used and lived in the grandparents' house as it was. It was in need of renovation, but actually intact, just like "a student shack". ...


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Small house on the Schwielowsee

An environmentally friendly wooden house was to be built on the long, narrow plot of land directly on the Schwielowsee. Towards the street, the building looks like a closed box under its flat hipped roof, while the glazed wooden frame construction is visible on the lake side. A porch turned around the corner from the cube and the large glass surfaces allow the residents an unobstructed panoramic view of the lake. If the folding doors are pushed aside, they feel like they are in the open. ...


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Bungalow in Cologne

What is it like when you build a new house next to a monument? How do the two fit together? Who should be in the foreground, which building should stay in the background? As a rule, the responsible monument protection authority makes its suggestions and also wants them to be adopted. Sometimes the planners themselves have the right ideas, as with this new bungalow in Cologne, which takes up the typology of the 1960s and is therefore completely in line with the trend! ...


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House with a view of the Rhine

What could be nicer than a view of the world from above? Perhaps the view from above of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley! This house offers the incomparable view. It stands high up on the slope and blends in perfectly with the landscape with its terraces and the building materials natural stone, glass and concrete.

The residents reach the house via 50 steps from the street eight meters below. ...


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Comfortable efficiency in Passau

They still exist, the simple, affordable houses that still do not lack anything, in which everything is reduced to cheerful reason and impressive representations of practical architecture take precedence. The client had described to her architect how she wanted to live, with attributes such as light, warm, comfortable, open, modern. With space for books and pictures and a kitchen with "no frills" that tempts you to cook, you have a cozy dining table in view, where you can entertain friends. What she got for her wish list, with almost 100 square meters of living space, corresponds more to a free-standing, stacked apartment than a house in the traditional sense. ...

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Horse stable in Freiburg becomes passive house

What to do with an old horse stable that is secluded at the end of a valley, surrounded by dense forest? It doesn't seem very romantic, however, but rather sober, with plastered outer walls, a tiled roof and barn doors. Only the roof turret with weathercock adorns the functional building.

Courageous builders, in this case architects themselves, turn it into a house and finally give the stable a face. The closed outer walls, insulated with cellulose to passive house standard, are clad with black flamed fir wood, ...

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Country house in Waabs

Good architecture is based on the landscape - just like this country house on a former pasture plot between the Baltic Sea and Schlei. In this design, the regional agricultural architecture was translated into modern forms.

Together with its outbuilding, which was built as a garage and utility room, the house corresponds to the usual courtyard shapes. The open spaces connect to the neighboring paddock without any further horticultural design. ...

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Residential barn in the Bregenz Forest

Traditional architectural styles are known to fit well into the respective region. This is also the case with this living barn, which emerged from an economical and functional Bregenzerwald house. The architect Bernardo Bader orients himself on the sheds and barns that dominate the landscape. After his own residential and office building, in which he had converted the classic threshing floor into a versatile loggia, he built this house for his brother. It stands on an inherited property and replaces an aging farmhouse that has been neglected over the years and has been in the family for generations. The brothers wanted this inheritance appropriately ...

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Semi-detached house in Geneva

When it comes to "semi-detached houses", many think of inexpensive building on a small plot of land. The architects of this special property in Geneva prefer to speak of "deux maisons en une", ie "two houses in one", which in fact describes the idiosyncratic solution better. From the outside nobody sees the cube's "double life". It includes two apartments of different sizes. With the unusual shape, the architects thought of a boundary stone that marks the transition between the residential area and nature; the property is located on the settlement boundary on the outskirts of Geneva. The forest connects to the south, the open fields to the west. ...

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Concrete cube in Stuttgart

Living in concrete? Granted, it's not for everyone, but worth considering! Unusual shapes can be created with concrete - provided the development plan allows it or the municipality approves deviations from the same.

Two aspects come together in this house that make it an eye-catcher: on the one hand, with its almost bizarre cubature, it is a veritable architectural object, on the other hand, it is made of one piece in the truest sense of the word. ...

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Brittle elegance in Basel

A basement like this is not bad. So why break it off just because the old house no longer fits? So the basement can stay - and becomes the basis of the unusual new building. Yes, what do you call such a construction project? Dismantling? Replacement building? Modification? This unusual project was planned and implemented by the architects Nissen Wentzlaff. The attractive, approximately 1,000 square meter property, bordered by old trees in the south, is characterized by three elements: the single-storey new building, the biologically clarified swimming pond and the small garden house. ...

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Living in the vineyard in Neustift

Architecture or landscape planning - that is the question! When the architects Bergmeister and Wolf were commissioned to design a house above the Neustift monastery for the young farmers of the Pacherhof, they made use of the terraces of the vineyard. And they took over the existing material there: natural stone.

Natural stone walls shape this cultural landscape of the Eisack Valley, they secure the slopes above the monastery, which are hatched by the rows of vines ...

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Barn and Ark in Pinnow