LocationBlack Forest, 78147 Vöhrenbach, Germany
Design TeamJörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter, Christian Necker
Structural EngeneerMüller & Günter Ingenieurbüro
From the architect. The clients of this single family house wished for a contemporary wooden house that would provide the maximum of living comfort within their calculated budget and a big amount of personal contribution on the construction site. Regarding the clients wishes and the local characteristics of northern Black Forest building tradition, partnerundpartner designed a wooden frame house that organises itself around a solid core of clay.
In its reduced form the house corresponds with the inner clay core. Staircase, oven and service lines are located within this core and it becomes the central design element of the interior space. The core organises the rooms and is visible in each room.
The spatial setup with its open spaces and flowing rooms follows the traditional idea of the fire place as the central element of the house.
Also on the outside you will find architectural elements of the Black Forest. The sheathing of the gable roof house is made of larch boards. In order to allow the façade to turn equally grey, the roof overhang was completely reduced. The size and the position of the square windows were defined according to the requirements of the interior. Each room provides an individual view into the surrounding nature. The windows were completed with local window shutters that support the asymmetric and lively appearance of the façade.
The post-and-beam construction with it highly insulated outer walls is supported by a massive element made of clay bricks in the centre of the house. Thus this light construction gets the thermal mass it needs. The clay also regulates the indoor temperature and humidity and provides a healthy climate. The water heating fireplace and the solar collector in the roof reduces the consumption of fossil energy of the heating system.
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