House Hafner in Germany, This beautiful and unusual project is designed by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture. This exclusively designed residential property is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, next to a forest in a rural area in southern Germany. It provides a high level of privacy as it is protected from prying eyes by the woods and the valley. As a result, the design of the building is very open.
The architectural design of the house is shaped by the three metre variation in height between the upper and lower levels of the site. The abstracted shape of the gabled roof is inspired by buildings in the vicinity. An interesting design, that makes use of the space across different levels to a very high standard.
Hornung and Jacobi Architecture:
The site of the house is located in the countryside next to a forest in southern Germany. The house is situated at the end of a blind alley and benefits from the site facing the forest and valley. Thus a very high level of privacy is provided by the protection from being seen or unauthorised access, which makes an open living possible. The slight remodelling of the topography with a given height difference of 3 meters (9.8 feet) inspired the choreography and orientation of the building alike.
The residential building is designed for a couple with an independent area for guests. The design of the house is divided into two parts: one introverted area, articulated by an arrangement with smaller openings following the surrounding typology of the neighbourhood. The counterpart of that is an extroverted area facing the forest and the beautiful view of the valley. The exterior space is interpreted as an extension of the open living area.
The abstracted shape of the gabled roof draws an analogy to the surrounding roof shapes, which is common in southern Germany. The transformation to an open cubic design made a maximum size of openings possible, as well as the visual merging of living and nature.
Project name: House Hafner
Location: Büschelhof, Germany
- Type By Characteristic: Modern House
- Type By Site: Countryside / Suburb House
- Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Plaster / Mortar / Masonry House
Project Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2011-12
Completion Date/Year: 2012
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Hornung and Jacobi Architecture – Sternstrasse 67, 20357 Hamburg, Deutschland, Germany
Collaborators: Peter Thomas Hornung & Elsa Katharina Jacobi
Text Description: © Courtesy of Hornung and Jacobi Architecture, German Design Award
Images: © Hornung and Jacobi Architecture, Peter Guthrie