In the wake of the sustainability debate, vacations in Germany have become much more popular again, and many travelers are amazed to discover the diverse landscapes and beautiful natural areas between the coast in the north and the Alps in the south. Sustainable travel is on everybody’s lips against the backdrop of climate change. Our clients, who vacation exclusively in Germany, approached us wanting just that: a sustainable vacation home with quality architecture and to share it with many.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©Rasmus Norlander
The compact 110 sqm wooden house surprises with a generous, two-storey living space with a variety of room situations, stepped by room steps, following the topography of the plot: Entrance with wardrobe, a few steps down follow the kitchen and dining area with the large balcony under the maple, and finally, more steps lead to the living room and fireplace room. Walking through the house, the wanderer is accompanied by numerous, wide views of the valley and the surrounding area and the feeling of being inside and outside at the same time.
The thin roof shell with the large roof protrusions lays itself protectively over the two building volumes, which are angled at 45° to the slope. The resulting floor plan organization appears abstract, but its aim is to facilitate a variety of references to the site without coming too close to the neighbouring buildings, and at the same time to optimally capture the sun in the south.
45° pitched roof covering the building volume ©Rasmus Norlander
view to the valley from the building ©Rasmus Norlander
terrace outside the house ©Rasmus Norlander
A central, open staircase leads via a gallery to the upper floor, whose small, intimate and very different individual rooms form a contrast to the generous living space under the protective roof. Maximally large openings repeatedly bring the landscape into the house. The different sleeping situations are meant to give pleasure and support the vacation feeling: a bunk bed, similar to those in mountain huts, a cosy bedroom reminiscent of an alcove, the sleeping gallery under the roof and a bedroom with a view of the stars. In total, the abode offers eight varied sleeping places for families, friends and couples.
view to the central staircase from the entrance hallway ©Rasmus Norlander
▼厨房，kitchen ©Rasmus Norlander
landscape window at the operation table ©Rasmus Norlander
open staircase connecting various spaces ©Rasmus Norlander
▼客厅，living room ©Rasmus Norlander
intimate rooms on the upper floor ©Rasmus Norlander
bedroom with bunk bed ©Rasmus Norlander
Design and Construction 2016-2021
Location: Menzenschwand, Deutschland
Architect: AMUNT Nagel Theissen, Stuttgart
Floor Space: 109 m²
Gross Floor Area: 197 m²
Structural Engineer: Felix Mildner, Tübingen Construction Supervisor Rolf Haselwander, Dachsberg Cabinet Maker Markus Stoll, Schreinerei Stoll
Photography: Rasmus Norlander