Forestview House / Atelier st

© Bertram Bölkow

Architects: Atelier st
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Directors in Charge: Silvia Schellenberg- Thaut & Sebastian Thaut
Collaborator: Ludwig Uphues
Client: Gaedtke Family
Structural Engineer: Mittenzwei GmbH, Werdau
Project Area: 186 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2009
Photographs: Bertram Bölkow


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.

situation plan

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 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.

© Bertram Bölkow

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.

© Bertram Bölkow

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.

Cite: "Forestview House / Atelier st" 11 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Nick Downes

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

  • roadkill

    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

      F**k “innovative”… This house rocks!

  • blackstone

    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.

  • badfuture

    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

      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.

      • yeah

        When it comes to single family homes the entrance should just appeal to owners – if they want it hidden then lecorbousier has nothing to do with it. It’s enough that they know where it is.

        BUT I think this time it’s not even the case, because I knew where the entrance was from the first glance – under the roof.
        I think the break in the volume makes it very clear. It’s subtle but not too subtle to find it. I think it must be only you this time.

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  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: Forestview House.

  • WPstudios

    RT @nicholaspatten I'd Live Here: Forestview House.

  • blackstone

    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

      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]

  • bruno

    reminds me of the cover of “architecture of happiness”

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  • A

    I love the stair, reminds me of barragan.