The villa on Lake Scharmützel was designed by the Berlin architect Doris Schäffler. It was commissioned by a Berlin family with two children who were looking for a country getaway where they could now and again escape from city life. The second-largest lake in the state of Brandenburg with a circumference of 30 kilometers, Lake Scharmützel lies south-east of the capital.
The weekend hideaway is located in the midst of alder trees at the edge of the lake. The site is defined by a natural ridge that divides the huge plot of land into two parts: the smaller forest side and the larger side which slopes gently down to the shore.
The central sliding French windows afford a broad view of the lake - stepping through them you can walk down to the lake. At the same time they create a perfect frame for the ever-changing face of the countryside. Inside the edifice the rooms are fairly small, with low ceilings. The interior fittings and furniture are kept to a minimum, as life usually takes place outdoors. The villa boasts window frames and doors made from Siberian larch, the same material used to clad the façade, and pinewood flooring. All the wooden elements are custom-made. The rooms open out onto long, covered patios that offer shelter from both the sun and the rain. Moreover, this also means that the house hardly heats up at all during the summer, despite a large percentage of the frontage being made of glass. And it benefits from the warming rays of the low winter sun.