on dry land
They have been standing in Lake Constance for centuries – the lake dwellings. Houses on stilts in the water. In Markdorf, at the foot of the Gehrenberg, one stands on dry land in the midst of urban surroundings. The challenge for this project lay in the small area to be built on, five metres wide and 26 metres long. Cellars? Not a chance. Instead, there were existing parking spaces that were to be preserved in any case. To master this challenge, our creativity went high.
150 square metres of space created from wood. Straightforwardly modern and yet cosy. Living space was to be created on the former plot with seven garages. A house – one that reveals at first glance that it was built to a high standard, because it stands on storey-high supports. This makes it possible to park directly under the house at ground level. Admittedly, this is an unusual type of house for a city. But that is precisely what makes it so appealing.
The lush glazing on the south side literally floods the open kitchen as well as the dining area, which is open on both floors, and the living room on the open gallery on the first floor. The interplay with the wood used throughout creates a harmonious lighting situation that runs through the entire house like a common thread.
On the north side, the generous glass façade offers the ideal play of light to discreetly but nevertheless presently immerse the study, guest room and bedroom in different moods. The glazing also allows a unique view of one of the highest mountains in Linzgau – the Gehrenberg. Intimate spaces and open views balance each other out. For example, the bathroom and dressing room with satinised glass panels are hidden from the view of the neighbours, but not from daylight.
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