Haus W – Frankfurt Residence

Haus W, Frankfurt Residence, New Germany Building, German Architecture, Architect

Haus W, Germany : Frankfurt Residence

Contemporary German Property – design by Ian Shaw Architekten

14 May 2013

W House Residence

Location: Frankfurt am Main, western Germany

Design: Ian Shaw Architekten

Modern German House

This well crafted cuboid generates spectacular light. The development, constructed out of prefabricated high insulation timber panels and energy-efficient glazing, is articulated as a classic modernist intervention: a box set into a traditional pitched roof atop a standard three-storey house.

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The light within is ethereal, the washroom and stairwell exploiting their south facing aspect through extensive glazing. This creates a dramatic interplay of light and shadow. By contrast, the project’s large north facing window evenly illuminates throughout the day. Two vertical louvre panels located in the sidewalls, and positioned symmetrically within plan, provide natural ventilation.

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As one enters the scheme on the second floor, the depth, texture and colour of the oak floor and staircase set the scene – heightened by the quality of light as one ascends. The structural clarity of the glass balustrading on the first floor landing complements the precision and finishing of the roof glazing.

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Within the main space the ascetic elegance of the white monochrome tiling is juxtaposed against the warmth and assuredness of the oak flooring, the bespoke transparent screen delivering a seamless interface between the two. Detailing is exacting throughout.

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