A house with one room
von | Aug 9, 2010

A house without rooms represents an interesting challenge for any architect. Firstly, it is important to structure the relevant space efficiently and meaningfully, and, secondly, likewise to guarantee a degree of privacy while maintaining as much transparency as possible and creating smooth transitions. Stefan Bräuning's Esslingen-based architecture office has designed a private house that masters this balancing act very well. Located on a hillside, the house has its entrance the on the middle storey. Using a minimum of different materials, the house draws your attention to its paramount achievement as soon as you enter: its open, flowing room, structured to offer you countless perspectives, insights, and views.

In close collaboration with the developer, the architects opted for a conscious interplay between raw, untreated materials and refined, specially treated components. A structure consisting of fair-face concrete walls with an insulation core, natural stone facings, and a staircase made of oxidized steel panels contrasts marvelously to the colorful seamless epoxy resin floors and the reflecting glass expanses of the windows. Tailored to the individual requirements of the developers, the house boasts special, purpose-made features such as the steel stair stringers, in combination with high-end products and systems, for instance, in the bathroom area and in the kitchen. The result is a fascinating single-room house where living becomes a real experience.

Exposed concrete modules 36 cm thick, core insulation with 12 cm polystyrol. System: „Syspro-Part-Thermo“ by Sypro | photo © Bräuning Architekten
The entrance: Red epoxy resin flooring "Rhonaston HSD"; Dimmable Light strip by Regiolux | photo © Dirk Vogel
The dining room with Panton Chairs by Vitra | photo © Dirk Vogel
photo © Dirk Vogel
photo © Dirk Vogel
Detail of the cheek, made of oxidizing steel | photo © Dirk Vogel
The bathroom: Concrete bathtub with glassfibre reinforcement by firm Concrete; Orange epoxy resin flooring "Rhonaston HSD" | photo © Dirk Vogel
Sanitary fitting: Symetrics Wall mounted basin spout in combination with a MEM Wall-mounted single-lever shower mixer by Dornbracht | photo © Dirk Vogel
"House at the iceberg" by Bräuning Architekten, Ostfildern, Germany | photo © Bräuning Architekten
photo © Dirk Vogel
Kitchenette by Poggenpohl | photo © Dirk Vogel
Anthracite colored window profiles by Alcoa | photo © Dirk Vogel
photo © Dirk Vogel
Stairs / Balustrade: Steel welded, 15 mm, scaled and rough Natural stone tiles, Italian chalk sandstone „Cedal Golden River" | photo © Dirk Vogel
photo © Dirk Vogel
Bath tub fitting: LULU Bath spout with stand pipe and LULU Deck-mounted single-lever bath mixer by Dornbracht, connected by a tailored basement | photo © Dirk Vogel
View out of the bathroom into the basement where the bedroom is located | photo © Dirk Vogel