Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA

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Aalen, Germany

Stone on stone

A barren area with a stone-filled soil, which only enables underground levels up to a depth of 1 m to be built. And a plot of land that is constricted by stables, which only allow good light from the southern side. Based on these circumstances, it was decided that this new build would be a split-level house!

Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA - Windows
© Michael Schnell

The advantages?

All individual rooms on the first floor, which are north facing, receive enough sun from the south as a result of the split-level concept.

Similarly, the study in the "cellar area" also gains space and light from a deep-set courtyard.

Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA - Windows
© Michael Schnell

Since in the split-level house the individual levels are staggered, the ground floor is 1.5 m above ground level. In the living/dining area you are therefore sitting – inside as well as outside – at treetop height, which creates a wonderful atmosphere. Despite the height difference, there is direct access to the garden: a slightly raised slope directly in front of the patio leads down to the green area and is enthusiastically used by children to play in summer and winter!

Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA - Windows, Door, Facade
© Michael Schnell

The rooms are well-lit and the carefully thought-out details are subtly but effectively emphasised. For example, the floor-level window in the living room hides the neighbours and provides an atmospheric view into the green foliage. At the same time it captures the low-lying evening sun and immerses the living room in an ambient light.

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© Michael Schnell

Incidentally: the stones that, as expected, were found when excavating the foundation pit were incorporated in the preliminary stages in the building design: they can now be found in the natural stone facade and the sloping garden!


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Cite: "Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA" 24 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

© Michael Schnell

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