Modern German townhouse all about space and light
Berlin-based architectural practice, XTH-berlin, has designed the B14 project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary townhouse is located in Berlin, Germany.
According to the architects: “This open space is zoned by two concrete elements ‘hung’ between the firewalls. They contain the bedrooms. And due to their slants views are possible through the entire house.
“Only few materials determine the interior space: fair-faced concrete for the solids, plaster for the firewalls, glued-laminated spruce for dividing walls, stairs and doors, and pinewood planks for the floors, besides steel for the railings, glass for the facades and fringes for filtering views and light.
“Interiors like the shelves and trunks are designed by us. According to the site along the former wall – the no-man’s land between east and west – now the Berlin Wall Memorial, the house has a severe outside contrasting the coloured balcony houses opposite in the former west.
“The house is built on a trapezoid lot of land of 118 m2 with a small garden in the southeast towards a residential path and the wide side of the house to the northwest facing the plain of the Berlin Wall Memorial which is mainly a park.
It’s part of a settlement of 16 townhouses, the two neighbouring houses are by XTH-berlin as well.
The nearly all-over glazed facades are structured by steel girders, which span from one dividing wall to the other and take over the cross bracing. Two lines of fringy draperies in front of the ground and second floor provide screen and cover the window frames. Technically we use a heat pump (pipes going 80 mts into the ground) with panel heating and rainwater tanks in the garden for use in the toilets.”
Images courtesy of Anja Büchner
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