The London and Konstanz (Germany) based architects Krausschönberg comleted this affordable prefabricated house in 2007 for a couple with two children in Hamburg. One of the clients requirement was a connected interior space which still offers individual freedom to the occupants.
Here is what the architects explain:
“The building is separarted into an upper and a lower part. The upper volume consists of rooms of various heights corresponding to their individual function. Bedrooms, bathrooms, the dressing room and the rooms for the children all require different heights and project into the lower living areas. This common space is organnised by these staggered volumes without being interrupted by partitions.”
“Walking around the house takes one through a variety of rooms on the upper level, orientated to the garden as well as to the inner atrium. The walls and the floors of the individual upper rooms are built of sustainable CNC-cut timber panels. These do a variety of things: They consitute the finish; define spaces and functions; help insulate the building; are recyclable; create a comfortable internal environment; and offer a cost-effective building solution.
The lower ground floor is cut into the ground creating direct views into the garden while standing up, or offering a feeling of security while sitting down.”
Type: Single family house
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Construction: 4 months
Area: 130 m2
Volume: 600 m3
Heating: Geothermal power
Energy use: 59.8 kwh/m2a