on dry land
They have stood on Lake Constance for centuries – stilted dwellings. Houses on stilts in the water. In Markdorf at the foot of Gehrenberg, one such example stands on dry land in the middle of an urban environment. The challenge faced by this project was the tiny building plot, measuring just five metres wide and 26 metres long. A basement? Definitely not. Instead, there were existing parking spaces that had to be preserved. To meet this challenge, we set ourselves a high creative goal.
Made of wood. Sleek, modern and yet homely. A residential property was to be built on the former site of seven garages. A house – which instantly reveals that the aim here was to build a tall structure, because it stands on storey-high supports. So you can park at ground level, directly under the house. An unusual type of house for a town, admittedly. But therein lies its appeal.
The numerous south-facing windows amply illuminate the open-plan kitchen, as well as the dining area extending over both floors and the lounge in the open-plan gallery on the first floor. In conjunction with the extensive use of wood, the result is harmonious lighting that is a central theme throughout the entire house.
The expansive north-facing glass facade provides the ideal lighting to create, subtly yet visibly, different moods in the study, guest room and master suite. These windows also allow a unique view of one of Linzgau’s highest mountains – Gehrenberg. An ideal balance between intimate spaces and open vistas. Frosted glazing conceals the bathroom and dressing room from the neighbours’ view, yet still allows daylight to enter.