Villas Winterberg in the Hochsauerland District

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Villas Winterberg in the Hochsauerland District

Hochsauerlandkreis Housing Development in Germany – design by Third Skin

19 Oct 2017

Villas Winterberg

Architects: Third Skin

Location: Winterberg, Hochsauerland District, east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Villas Winterberg

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

It was intended to build a tourist development with about 20 villas and apartments in a modern contemporary style in the center of the village and with direct access to the ski slopes of the authentic village of Neuastenberg (in Winterberg).

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

All villas should be comfortable and have a layout and internal environment that would provide well-being and have a unique look to the region of Winterberg with a refreshing architecture.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Large windows were a key requirement in order to provide plenty of natural light and panoramic views to make users feel more in touch with nature. The layout of the houses should be spacious and all villas and apartments should have a nice covered patio or balcony overlooking the Postwiesen ski area. The villas and apartments should be able to accommodate 4 to 14 people.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

We were challenged to define here a clear conceptual approach which would reunite a traditional building technique with a contemporary architecture and a dynamic language of shape.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Creating new constructions in existing historical or traditional environments is all about balance – fitting in without appearing to falsely copy what came before.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

One thing is to design an outstanding modern home, but quite another to make a contemporary modernist design also fit with a less modern neighborhood.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

In the minds of all involved in the process, a successful contemporary design should be like what you can see here: something that works with the materiality and scale of what is around it but that is also clearly understood as a new intervention.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Our general philosophy was to create an interesting balance between innovation and tradition.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

The scheme’s geometric and material consistency was inspired by the powerful roof forms and simple materials of Neuastenberg buildings. We utilized these geometries to bring light into terraced courtyards and permit oblique views to the landscape beyond the site from all the living areas, including from the apartments blocks on the back.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

This was in fact another major goal here, to focus on the site and its particular conditions, as well as on a good integration of the overall project with the surroundings. This was achieved thanks to the possibility to see the skiing slope from all the living areas and with the creation of a communal green area that transports the sense of community from the village of Neuastenberg to the interior of the project.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

In the interiors we can see that living areas merge with spacious terraces and high ceilings and full-height glazing increase the sense of space and natural light.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

The main entrance leads to a convenient foyer area with a bench, a large closet for bulky winter coats, and hooks for hanging items to dry. This was a crucial point here, to avoid having the entrance opening directly into the living area, with not even a coat closet nearby. That might be acceptable – though far from ideal – in warm dry climates, but it doesn’t work in places that get a lot of snow or rain.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

What makes this villas and apartments so inviting is the sense of proportion as well as the fluid circulation that surprises with a glimpse into the outside landscape. A more intimate experience of space is achieved through the sloped ceiling of the living area. The interior spaces contain minimalistic leather furniture, artwork and designer lamps that bring modern inspiration to these both family and nature-friendly homes.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Villas Winterberg, Hochsauerland District – Building Information

Developer: Sauerland Bauträger GmbH – (100% daughter of Sparcs Leisure development)
Started request for license: 2014
Official Opening: May 2017

This project with their slopping roofs and angled shapes can be an excellent example of a structure built with its own and strong sense of identity and modern functionalism that stands out from the normal ski villa, but that also relates to its surroundings in a respectfully contextual way.

Villas Winterberg is a thoughtful and sustainable project, capturing the best in contemporary architectural and interior design. It’s both beautiful and liveable.

Villas Winterberg in The Hochsauerland District

Photography: Steffi Rost

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