single-family house &
Germany, Essen, 1995 – 1996
By tailoring floor plan and section to the strongly sloping topography it was possible to build this house on a site that was not considered for living purpose before.
The energy-optimized cubic building minimises sealed faces by its compact design and roof greening.
An exposed concrete wall stabilizes the slope and functions as thermal mass for tempering the interior spaces.
The main supporting structure is a two storey steel framework that was fully prefabricated.
Highly-insulated windows and panels cladded with redwood slats form the outer walls.
752 m³ gross volume
202 m² effective area
l’architecture d’aujourd’hui 320/99, p.122-123
DETAIL 4/99, p.633-637
Häuser am Hang, Callwey 2000, p.104-109
photographer: Klaus Ravenstein