Roman Hutter Architektur
Residential House Reckingen
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single family homes
Since the house for a young family is located on the
edge of the village, it was decided not to use the traditional log
construction, but a further development of it. This is in deference to the
historic village centre, where the houses, some of which are over 500 years
old, are black-fired and stand in close proximity to one
another. In this house, the log construction is literally turned upside down –
so that the structure is located inside the building and thus determines the
atmosphere of the rooms. Moreover, the timber walls of untreated spruce are
joined vertically rather than horizontally. Overlaid boards of larch wood clad
the house. Also in the vertical, the boards are overlapped, thus creating purely
wooden weather protection. In addition to the load-bearing exterior walls, six
columns demarcate zones of space on the first floor – each held by four
glueless wall timbers. Around the soapstone stove, a larch staircase leads to
the upper floor, which is characterised by its chamber-like spatial structure.
Four neutral-use rooms each face a different direction, creating their own atmosphere.
As the openings are fixed-glazed, ventilation is via small windows, each of
which affords another, more intimate view of the landscape. The heating system
also relies on the renewably sourced wood – the double-height soapstone stove
warms the rooms and provides hot water. It thus forms the heart of the family
home and contrasts with the two softwoods from the region.