privacy versus openness
|Clients, guests, nuclear family? This project demands a
clear differentiation between those areas meant for private retreat and
relaxation and those meant for communication with the outside world.
|The design: a
|Visitors are met by an elegant curved stairway rising from
an impressive, two-storey entrance hall. Whereas the ground floor serves as a
meeting point for the family and a reception area for visitors and clients, the
upper storey is reserved for the family and close friends only. From the upper
landing, a communal room, also available to guests, opens up to the left. The
other rooms and the gallery are reserved as private space.
Loggias form a climatic buffer zone during hot summers. A 50cm thick
timber-frame wall, clad in cedar wood, affords protection against loss of energy
in winter and over-heating in summer. A compact ventilation unit, which also
provides heating and hot water, ensures a pleasant environment.
|Ralf Kürbitz: 'The
structure and technical features have been chosen so that the passive house can
be refitted as a zero-energy house at any time.'