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Forestview House / Atelier st

  • 01:00 - 11 March, 2010
Forestview House / Atelier st
Forestview House / Atelier st

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Leipzig, Germany
  • Architects

     Atelier st
  • Directors In Charge

     Silvia Schellenberg- Thaut & Sebastian Thaut
  • Collaborator

    Ludwig Uphues
  • Structural Engineer

     Mittenzwei GmbH, Werdau
  • Client

     Gaedtke Family
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. General

In a uniform, from florid preroofs and cultivations stamped residential area, the clearly formed volume emits rest and presence. All cultivations and overhangs it was renounced. The garage was integrated unobtrusively into the building sculpture.

The rectangular and narrow construction body is cut in the ground floor and is bent. This incision forms a protected, roofed input area and separates at the same time internal functional areas in his crease points.

The prescribed roof inclination of the land-use plan was moved in theirs lower (22 °) and upper (48 °) to maximum values. With this interpretation of the editions arises, with the running around same eaves high and a suitable building width, an optimum exposure of the southern roof surfaces.


Thoroughly on the rural surroundings and the nearness to the nature the dwelling house, including the roof is wrapped up, totally in fine larch timber profiles. The structure and surface of the wood changes optically, according to weather and season. In the course of the time the facade of beige, brown, silver-grey about itself will change sometime totally to a dark grey whole appearance. To all colour default of the land-use plan are carried therefore calculation.

In the teamwork between surface-terse, vaporized solar protection glasses and deep facade incisions an atmospheric facade rich in tension originates thus between lifestyle, ecology and permanence.


By the primary application of natural and postawake send to raw materials the building does justice to the ecological basic idea and explicit wish the developer.

The low energy house consciously renounces on traditionelle heating system. The power demand is covered only by a solar arrangement on the roof and the application of a water use chimney which supplies the rejected heat by a heat accumulator to the building again.

To reduce the warm losses, the external heat insulation on 180 mm (warm leading group 0.35) was raised.


The ascetic and on the essential things diminished also finds in the inside area his continuation. Beside a reserved creation mediates the inside, nevertheless, above all security and warmth.

The complicated spatial relations which particularly are effective by probably placed openings to the outside space originate from the deliberate change of differently high rooms, cut galleries and low functional areas.

A wing-smoothed, yellow screed ground underlines at all levels, as a homogeneous floor material the special spatial atmosphere.

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A · July 02, 2010

I love the stair, reminds me of barragan.

Beth Loraine Bowman · June 17, 2010

RT @deliacoelho @bluevertical: Forestview House by Atelier St #architecture #interiordesign

Bruno Coelho · June 17, 2010

RT @bluevertical: Forestview House by Atelier St #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism *sharp design · June 17, 2010

how would you decorate this one? RT @bluevertical: Forestview House by Atelier St #architecture #interiordesign

bluevertical · June 17, 2010

Forestview House by Atelier St #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism *sharp design

bruno · March 13, 2010

reminds me of the cover of "architecture of happiness"

bruno · March 13, 2010 02:18 AM

especially this one:

blackstone · March 12, 2010

naturally they can do whatever the hell they want, but that doesn't make it meritorious. architecture is ultimately a public language and needs to achieve some level of legibility even in a house, and this is clearly a 'public' facade which addresses the street and is intended to be understand primarily by folks OTHER than the owners. yes, the break in the volume is the fundamental gesture of entry-- but then the effort to disguise the door and make it disappear contradicts that intent. sorry, but it's just a dumb move.

adam · May 06, 2012 04:10 PM

the house "has no doors" - from the outside, it is a volume with only windows that stresses the importance of interior/exterior relationship [because all the doors are concealed and the windows make important gestures on the facades]

WPstudios · March 12, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Forestview House.

Nicholas Patten · March 12, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Forestview House.

badfuture · March 12, 2010

very nicely done. i don't think anything is lacking in the details. the comment above troubles me for some reason. i cannot figure out if i agree or not about the front door. blackstone, do you mean that in this instance it is perverse to conceal the front door or in any instance? If you mean any instance your comment just got all the more intriguing to me. the entrance is delineated, which is one thing, but for some reason we need a door with arrows all over it?

sweet cad graphics by the way.

blackstone · March 12, 2010 05:53 AM

i'm troubled by the little strips of siding above the ground floor fenestration, for example.
as to the door, traditional architecture almost invariably makes a significant event of the front door. so did lecorbusier for that matter. i don't think 'arrows' are required, but to intentionally design it 'away' strikes me as being completely wrong-headed. to be honest, i wasn't sure where it was until i looked at the plan.

ArchitecturePassion · March 12, 2010

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blackstone · March 12, 2010

it's ok, but in such a simple house one would expect the details to be much better resolved. and it's one thing to camouflage the garage door, but to essentially conceal the front door is perverse.

roadkill · March 12, 2010

if they got that camera any lower we would be seeing some worms! It is well finished but nothing new or innovative.

The lawn looks in very good shape!

Thomas · March 12, 2010 02:03 AM

F**k "innovative"... This house rocks!

Nick Downes · March 11, 2010

Loving this house... RT @archdaily: Forestview House / Atelier st #architecture


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