Pavilion Siegen by Ian Shaw Architekten located in Siegen, Germany | The Hardt
Pavilion Siegen by Ian Shaw Architekten located in Siegen, Germany. The pavilion’s dramatic, planar form articulates an assured, yet subtle compression of space, framing views of the lake and the local topography. The building’s tectonic rigor is palpable, its seemingly gravity-defying configuration enabling the floor plate and ceiling to cantilever some 6m beyond the lakeshore. The scheme is both a weekend fishing retreat and a garage for three classic cars. A toilet and washroom facility is also included, as is a storage area for the client’s angling equipment. Detailing is measured throughout – from the integrated lighting to the fully glazed internal area.
The 12 x 12 m structure conforms to a strict proportional grid that determines both the position and heights of the walls, as well as the shuttering joints and fenestration divisions. The 3 x 3m door panels – built by the client’s engineering company, and weighing 340 kilos per door – pivot on bespoke spindles, allowing each to be opened with the push of a single finger. The 12 x 12 m structure conforms to a strict proportional grid that determines both the position and heights of the walls, as well as the shuttering joints and fenestration divisions. The 3 x 3m door panels – built by the client’s engineering company, and weighing 340 kilos per door – pivot on bespoke spindles, allowing each to be opened with the push of a single finger. Throughout the building process, the concrete mix was carefully monitored in order to achieve an off-white finish, this tone refining the pavilion’s dialogue with the surrounding terrain. Special, non-oiled shuttering ensured that no harm came to the lake’s fish population during construction.
The Timber House from KÜHNLEIN Architektur is situated on a high plateau in Upper Palatinate, a part of Bavaria, Germany | The Hardt
The Timber House from KÜHNLEIN Architektur is situated on a high plateau in Upper Palatinate, a part of Bavaria, Germany.Two gabled structures are unified with wooden lamellas: one containing living spaces and the other a series of bedrooms. The combination creates two yards: One becomes the space you pass by as you enter the house from the street, while the other is a terrace oriented towards the wide landscape. The windows to the street side are screened with the lamellae of the timber facade, while the windows to the landscape side have a free view, the facade is untreated larch wood, so it will grey with time. So from afar, the house appears like identical side-by-side homes, completely devoid of windows.
Inside, the timber continues, with the exposed structural framework, oak floors, as well as wooden tables, cabinets, and effects.The wooden interior is complemented with copper fittings like lighting, switches, handles, and faucets. Custom made sockets and lamps were designed to tie the look together. The effect brings a comfortable living atmosphere inside.The electrical installation consists of copper pipes installed in front of the massive timber walls, so it was not necessary to perforate the walls. All the installations were designed by KÜHNLEIN Architektur, including the lamps, switches, and sockets.” An open-plan living space occupies the northernmost wing. It includes a wood-burning stove that rotates, as well as dining table created using offcuts from the build. A little cloak-cabin for work clothes connects the garage, which sits at the front of this block. Three bedrooms are contained within the south-facing volume, as well as bathrooms. The master suite is positioned at the far end, offering views out over the landscape.
Courtesy of KÜHNLEIN Architektur
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Bunker Industrial Apartment in Hamburg (2017) by Thomas Schacht located in Hamburg, Germany
Bunker Industrial Apartment in Hamburg (2017) by Thomas Schacht located in Hamburg, Germany. The Bunker Apartment is your safe nest when you are working in Hamburg for a shorter or longer period of time. It is your home or your hideaway for a long weekend. In a period of 3 years from 2014 to 2017, the original Bunker has been rebuilt and renovated to become a unique location close to the city center of Hamburg. The build is a statement in itself bearing witness of another time and a precise purpose of protecting people from what was happening around it.
In this case, function dictated form meaning solid concrete and open spaces. We respect that and have left the raw walls as they were made by the hand of workers in 1939. Big windows has been cut in the whole south- south and east facing walls letting in bright light and a wonderful view over the city. The Bunker apartment offers the highest standard possible in terms of interior design and furniture. It is well conceived in every detail which not only brings joy and but also makes it easy to use. In other words; You will feel comfortable and at home from the moment you enter.”
Located in Berlin, Germany, The Feuerle Collection (2016) by John Pawson | The Hardt
Located in Berlin, Germany, The Feuerle Collection (2016) by John Pawson. The Feuerle Collection is a new museum in Berlin. Located in a former telecommunications bunker which was renovated by the British architect John Pawson, The Feuerle Collection juxtaposes international contemporary artists such as Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, and Zeng Fenzhi, among others with Imperial Chinese furniture and Southeast Asian art. The museum encourages a conversation between different time periods and cultures, offering an alternative perception of the antique, which creates a new perspective on the artworks and leads viewers through a synesthetic experience.
The Feuerle Collection has been officially opened to the public since 14 October 2016.
DUSSELDORF (2006) by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners located in Düsseldorf, Germany | The Hardt
DUSSELDORF (2006) by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners located in Düsseldorf, Germany. Bruno Erpicum was the architect entrusted with designing this warehouse conversion. It is now the home of a couple with a passion for architecture who were keen to make one of Düsseldorf’s rare ruins their own. The reconversion was closely overseen by the administrative authorities since this old factory in the city center miraculously avoided damage during the many bombings of World War II.
Across from the coachman’s passageway are some garages that stand in front of the entrance court. The court is dotted with screens that flank the entrance and seclude off the “day patio”. The history of the city is reflected in the glass panels, reminding you of the building’s heritage. A facade made entirely of glass stands completely independently of the old structures, showing off their immense scale. The building is now protected against the elements and complies with energy performance requirements. The study opens boldly onto the garage and gym. The gloss painted furniture designed by architect Bruno Erpicum reflects the structural elements. A vast white space devoid of any accessories houses the sleeping accommodation in the conversion; the rotating door appears to be floating in the air. An enormous living room is arranged between the pilasters that are displayed with pride. The artist’s design highlights the existing brickwork that supports the flagstone roof; here again, the wear inflicted over time is openly displayed. The architecture unpretentiously magnifies the materials.
The kitchen is arranged in the exterior deambulatory. The bedroom is housed in a “white box” that has been perfected with the utmost care. It is encircled by a “night patio” illuminated using zenithal light that sweeps across the surrounding brickwork. The light itself becomes a material, rebounding off the objects it touches and reminding us of the building’s history. The walls of the bedroom are perfectly smooth, whereas the bathroom is surrounded by rough pilasters (p. 106-107). A flow of natural light is ensured by the night patio, a space created by the removal of the roof around the edge of the bedroom. Pieces of raw concrete were used to create the bath, shower, and washbasin. The starry ceiling over the Turkish bath completes the composition.
Christian Boros and wife Karen Lohmann 5-story Berlin home, converted from World War 2 bunker to this unbelievably, surreal house | The Hardt
Christian Boros and wife Karen Lohmann 5-story Berlin home, converted from World War 2 bunker to this unbelievably, surreal house. This historically significant Second World War building was originally constructed for the German railway company by reinforced concrete and was used as a shelter to protect travelers who arrived at the Friedrichstrasse Railway station from air raid attacks. Architect Karl Bonatz was commissioned by Nazi Germany the architectural design of The Bunker; the building had a capacity which could shelter up to 3,000 passengers in five floors.
Completed under Hitler’s command in 1943, the bunker was built as an air-raid shelter for the passengers of the nearby train station. In case of attack, the bunker, with 180 cm (six feet) walls and a three meter (nine feet) deep ceiling, could house and protect 3,000 seated people distributed over five floors. The design by Karl Bonatz strictly followed the guidelines of Albert Speer, the Third Reich’s head architect and a member of Hitler’s inner circle. In the years following the fall of the Nazi regime, the bunker embraced varying functions – from a tropical fruit warehouse (known to locals as the “Banana Bunker”) to the locale for hard-core fetish and techno parties in the 1990’s – until it was forced to shut down by the police in 1995.
In 2003, Christian Boros, art collector, and owner of a successful advertising agency decided to purchase the bunker and convert it into his own gallery and home. Renovation commenced in 2004 by the Berlin-based firm Realarchitektur – Jens Casper, Petra Petersson, and Andrew Strickland – who were commissioned to design both the exhibition and living spaces. Using a method of subtraction from the original form, over 750 cubic meters of concrete were diamond-sawed from within and carefully removed by hand. Additions which had been made over the years were removed, the facades cleaned, but the inner exposed walls were kept as they were, with the traces of sweat, blood and neon dye left behind by the building’s diverse users over the decades.
The façades of the building were cleaned and were structurally refurbished while paying homage and being in accordance with heritage. Bullet holes from World War II bear witness to the historical significance of the building and were dealt with respect, thus leaving war traces physically present. In the heart of this hermetic concrete, cube remains the exhibition of contemporary works since the early 1990’s to recent. However, in order to create this space suitable for the Boros collection, architect Jens Casper drastically deconstructed the 33,000 ft² (3,000 m²) bunker, which was once devoid of natural light, transforming it into a complex 80-room arrangement.
The artwork which is currently on display has been installed in the rooms by the artists themselves and works with space. If you made it this far, my apologies for posting such a long story, but this home is absolutely deserving of one.
Townhouse Oberwall (2012) by Apool Architects located in Berlin, Germany | The Hardt
Townhouse Oberwall (2012) by Apool Architects located in Berlin, Germany. The found structure of a semi-finished townhouse within the context of the urban development of central Berlin. The new design intensifies the vertical principle of the townhouse model on a narrow plot to the extreme. The white building shell is made of high-gloss painted aluminum panels, it highlights the significance of the abstraction and the vertical aspect of the project. You don´t need any outdoor advertising to highlight the flagship store – the serene surface making the location recognizable and replacing classic outdoor advertising.
The 21 foot (6.5-meter) fully glazed sliding door that forms the entrance to the store is as tall as the building is wide. Within the tight restrictions of a deep and narrow plot, the house achieves generosity through ceiling height of the duplex issue. The two-story fixed glazing and exterior outward-opening doors on the courtyard side have the same dimensions. The qualities of natural light and space are more important than the optimization of surface area and flexibility. The panels can be opened like shutters when the studio apartment on the upper floor is in use. the house will be used as a flagship store for the owners’ fashion label and their second home, the radical simplicity connects the different aspects of use and creates a clear unit in a diversified neighborhood.
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