Berlin based firm Moehring Architekten bring us this incredible design that is both vernacular and contemporary. The residential development, located adjacent to the dunes of the Baltic Sea, is characterised by family homes and villas interspersed within large pine trees and sandy paths. The Baltic Sea and it's forested landscape has had a noticeable influence of the design of the area; the design of the home itself respects both the natural context and the scale of the existing low cottages. The parallelogram shape of the site engendered a break away from the conventional right angle. Adopting the same angle constraining the site, but softened with a gentle curve, the home bends around the sites edge to open into a private garden. Now let's take a look beyond the protective outer wall of this wonderful home and see what's inside!
The traditional thatched roofing does not terminate at the eaves, but instead wraps down the external wall to insulate the home and assert a private street frontage. Wall openings are selectively punctured in the thatched facade to denote the main entry, preventing any view into the otherwise very open interior. The home has two distinct faces, this street frontage appears protective and guarded, a complete contrast to the open relationship between the interior and the back garden concave.
Here we can see the gentle curve of the outer wall, which softens the otherwise rigid and protective building frontage. This protective quality, somehow, manages achieves a sense of welcome and comfort—an impressive balance has been struck. For more inspiration on crafting an impressive exterior, take a look here.
From the kitchen we have a view of the open plan living area, absorbing the full volume of the structure, it forms the central cavity and heart of the home. A mezzanine sits above the bedroom wing and has a strong spatial relationship with the central living space. In addition to the glass which wraps the inner face of the home, two large skylights cut into the roof allow plenty of natural light inside. A large cantilevered overhang at the eaves provides plenty of sun shade from the summer sun, while still permitting the lower winter sun to penetrate the space.
One of the gems of the home is this delightful attic mezzanine. The gable end is glazed to let light and nature inside. It makes the perfect retreat—a cosy nook to get some work done or, better yet, nestle in on a rainy afternoon and read a book. For more work space ideas, take a look at these offices and studies.
A master bedroom and en-suite is located at one of the gable ends, while a guest wing finds location at the other. The distinct difference of the two exterior walls is experienced on the interior—furniture is located against the solid street facing wall to allow orientation towards the garden-facing glass wall. The material palette remains the same; light, natural timbers and crisp white walls are washed with ample natural light.
Only when viewed from the garden, do you get a full appreciation of the extent and organisation of the home.The garden responds to the typography and dune landscape, employing pine trees and other vegetation that is typical of coastal landscapes. The landscaping enters into a very natural dialogue with the construction of the home, providing a soft transition between the completely organic landscape and the man-made.
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