In the midst of the rolling hills of the Upper Bavarian village of Pleiskirchen, a spacious private residential building is being built instead of an old garage and barn building behind an existing – but only partially used for agriculture – four-sided farmhouse. The plan is not to copy the character of the former barn, but to use two essential characteristics as a starting point for design: that of the large, wide-spreading roof and that of a solid reinforced concrete pedestal, which digs into the slope. From there, a very committed to the reference to the landscape residential architecture is sought and at the same time given on the east side of the old courtyard to an almost “urban”, spatially close-looking answer. The living itself takes place in principle only on the upper floor and plays the great depth of the house and the great ceiling heights up to the roof as specific spatial motifs. The cracks and displacements of rooms and spatial bodies in the floor plan create a complex living environment with a wide range of interior and exterior references.
And yet at the end of the day the question remains: Is it still appropriate to build single family houses? Whether with artistic intentions or not.
Of course not!
Let’s say no, no and no again.
And why don’t you delete this project from your website?
Good question, but of course, like so many other architects, we somehow still like the result of our work. Of course, it’s a question of vanity or maybe transparency about what we’ve done.
But the dilemma exists, of course.
Programme Single family house
Location District Altötting, Upper Bavaria
Gross floor area 430 m2
Service Lph 1-7 HOAI
Team Reem Almannai, Rolf Enzel (PL), Florian Fischer, Anna Svobodová, Adrian Pigat, Christoph Brösamle
Photography Sebastian Schels