Blankenese is only half an hour’s drive away from Hamburg. But its picturesque surrounding is a far cry from the sprawling urban vista of Hamburg. However, like its more famous counterpart, Blankenese is spread on the banks of Elbe River. The house that we are going to visit today occupies a quaint corner of this small town. As you will shortly find out, the scenic surrounding landscape is just one of its many assets. Its classy Bauhaus inspired design is an eye opener for those who don’t believe that building a stylish home within a small budget is possible.
Bauhaus was founded by famous architect Walter Gropius in 1919, Weimar. Later on it operated out of Dessau and finally, before its closure, from Berlin. In only a decade and a half, it completely revolutionised the world of art, architecture and design. Our modern homes are still carrying many objects originally conceived or influenced by Bauhaus. Let’s visit this beautiful house which is also a stellar example of a gracefully designed budget home.
The owners of this beautiful villa wanted to buy a pre-fabricated house for themselves. A pre-fabricated house is easy to build, can be completed in a short time without any hassle and is very affordable. But architect architect Lutz Gnosa from HGK Hamburger Grundstückskontor came up with a better solution.
The architect and his team planned a stunning home using cubic concrete blocks. Besides being inexpensive, it was just appropriate for this park-like setting. The house was completed within eight months.
The grey concrete interior of this living room is very much in tune with contemporary design. The walls are painted in white, and it is decorated with an equally modish sectional sofa. Big French doors give access to the fine views of the surrounding area.
A fully fitted kitchen, complete with oak panels, creates a nice contrast with the white and grey shades of the walls, flooring and ceiling. Courtesy of the large sliding doors, the kitchen establishes direct connection with the small garden outside.
The décor is unfussy, and the use of clean and simple forms in true Bauhaus style is quite evident. The house follows an open floor plan, so the kitchen shares its space with a dining room.
The same pattern as seen in the ground floor design has been replicated here. A concrete stairway takes you up to a small hall.
Other rooms of the building can be seen through the narrow corridors stemming from this tiny hall. Ceiling mounted recessed lighting fixtures keep the space bright and cheerful.
This family villa boasts a tiny sundeck to relax on early in the evening or during the weekend.
The house itself is enclosed in a small but scenic parkland. It is decorated with quite a few fully grown trees, potted plants, seasonal flowers and hedges along the boundary walls. The tranquil surrounding increases the charm of this stylishly planned home.
The car shed is built in one of the corners of the ground floor. It has two sides open. A feature wall accented with wooden planks gives it an elegant look. Wood induces a genial charm in any space. It also offsets the stern all-grey look of concrete, which is one of the basic materials of this house.
Stepped access with LED lighting is built by the driveway. The backyard has lots of greenery on display as well. A few saplings can be seen planted in white sand and stone beds. Fully formed hedges decorate and enclose this charming abode.
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