Redensification Markdorf

Lake dwellings
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.

Interior design

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.

Per­for­mance phase:
LPH 1 – 8
Flo­or space:
150 sqm

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