House next to the church
best architects 24
The neighbouring church and the generous green spaces with
tall trees that surround it characterise the immediate surroundings of the site.
Otherwise, the context is very heterogeneous, with older and newer core zone
buildings of varying quality and expression. The project sees itself as a
continuation of the old, characteristic core zone buildings, but rather than copying
them seeks to reinterpret them in a contemporary way. The new building is clearly
subordinate to the church but adopts the gesture of the enclosed church area
and creates another «hortus conclusus» with lush greenery. The centrally arranged apartment building bends
inward on four sides, reacting with this gesture to a mighty beech tree as well
as to the lower terrain in that spot. The forward and backward undulation of
the volume makes the building appear smaller and enables it to be harmoniously
embedded in the context as well as creating attractive open spaces on all
sides. The four apartments per floor are organised around a central stairwell,
with an attractive atrium at the centre of the cross. All units benefit from
exciting interior sight lines and a three-sided orientation due to the refined
floor plan design. The rammed concrete walls – for both the façade and the
surrounding wall – adopt the grey to beige tones that have evolved in the surroundings.
The rammed concrete is complemented by vertically grouped windows in matte dark
brown metal and a metal roof made of pre-weathered copper.