Slides, suspension bridges and safety net; This house is anything but A4.
To be able to stay in detached houses in the midst of the big city is a dream many have to look far for. Stiff price and lack of vacant plots make the vast majority of urban villagers end up with an apartment and not own house. However, according to the design and architecture site, Dieen, the dream came true for a family in Berlin when, with expert help from the architects of XTH-Berlin, they built a unique home – in the heart of Berlin’s hippest district, Mitte.
From the outside there is not much evidence of the rather special interior that awaits the inside, where the architects have fully utilized the height of the house and created a home that is not only adapted to the family’s everyday life and way of living, but also to the still both surprising and challenging.
– The house is built on a rather narrow plot with a small garden facing south-east, explains architect Helle Schröder at XTH-Berlin to Klik Bolig.
– It is part of a construction project of 16 townhouses.
Glass and curtains
The house, facing the park in front of the Berlin Wall Memorial, has a façade that consists almost exclusively of glass.
– We have used steel bars across the glass, explains Schröder.
– These create an exciting visual expression, while covering a bit for the big windows.
The house is located in what was once known as a kind of no man’s land between East and West in old Germany.
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– The color and shapes on the outside of Townhouse B14 contrast greatly with the colorful balconies looking at the houses opposite the park, explains Schröder.
– In what was once known as West Germany.
For practical reasons, the architects chose to leave two entrance doors to the house. – From the north side you enter the bottom of the house, in an area containing wardrobes, bathrooms and a service room, or home office if you want to, explains the architect.
– While from the south side comes directly from the outside and into what we have identified as living zones, or living rooms.
According to Arch Daily, Arch Daily, this is also the level in the home where you keep bicycles, engage in creative activities like handwork and toys.
– In addition, there is a guest room and a storage room, explains Schröder.
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– These can be separated by a curtain.
Looking upward, you can see all the levels up in the 12 meter high house.
To utilize the height of the house, the architects chose to divide the house into many different levels and plateaus up in the house.
– We would create many different zones and places to stay, but at the same time make sure the house felt open and bright, explains the architect.
– The solution was to keep the height and skylights visible from anywhere in the home, and think new when it came to walls and ways to move around in the home on.
The result was a house with doors that open like hanging bridges, sloping floors so that they can also be used to slip on and “holes” in the floors covered with metal wire with safety netting.
The house’s bedroom is securely placed within concrete walls, so the rooms are optimal for sleep, both dark and quiet.
– These rooms do not have traditional doors but slanted wooden panels that can be raised to connect these rooms to a platform where, among other things, the house’s piano is located, explains Schröder.
– A “gap” between these platforms allows the light to penetrate completely from the skylights on the top, making the entire interior appear both bright and open.
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Large amounts of safety nets are attached to the openings in the floor where children naturally play nearby.
– A staircase leads up past the two bedrooms to a separate living room where one also finds a bathroom that can be made more private by pulling a curtain, explains the architect.
– The third bedroom is attached to this zone via a sloping wooden bridge, and another staircase takes you to a more private reading area.
The entire housing is very light and open, and in other places, doors have been skipped to hold on this feeling of light and air.
– In the roof we chose to use large skylight windows, which spread the light down the floors, explains Schröder.
– These silks light down the house, leaving no hook or area dark.
Several “rooms” are divided with curtains, which give the owners the option to choose even if something should be open or closed.
– A staircase leads past the two bedrooms into a living room with a private bathroom, which can be “wrapped up” and made far more private if desired, the architect explains..
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– The upper staircase leads all the way to the top and reveals the living room’s kitchen and dining area, which opens onto a large terrace.
Concrete, steel and wood
Another thing that contributes to the feeling of space and space is that the architects have been strict in introducing new colors and materials to the rooms.
– We have mainly focused on three materials, explains the architect.
– A rather minimal palette of concrete, wood and steel. These wood make up both walls, floors, ceilings and details of the house.
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