Vacation Home Hof Ahmen / Atelier Sunder-Plassmann
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The design for the holiday dwelling Hof Ahmen goes again to the seemingly easy and but important query: How do I praise a singular, listed farm with surrounding grassland and combine the brand new constructing into the “genius loci“ of the farm, whereas on the similar time growing an unbiased trendy architectural language for the brand new constructing?
Hof Ahmen as an ensemble is characterised by an oblong courtyard surrounded by everlasting grassland, which is separated by the everyday native bends. In the course of this rectangle stands the listed, thatched major home with a copper beech and plush, traditionally grown timber. To the east of the principle home are the indifferent roofs of the sheep barn, which was in-built 1990 as an open wood building and in its pro- parts and roof form correspond to the everyday native „Drempel barns“.
The cottage varieties an extension of those freestanding roof constructions and a fifth, floating roof is added. The brand new constructing incorporates the “genius loci“. A floating platform, which is inserted underneath the roof, varieties the principle area of the cottage and a threshing ground is created. This platform is totally glazed and the boundary between inside and out of doors turns into blurred. The inside area expands to the outside area and a backyard home is created. Analogies to the classics of modernism, the “Glass Home” by Phillip Johnson and the “Farnsworth Home“ by Mies van der Rohe emerge. The occupant turns into an observer of nature and the atmosphere turns into the principle protagonist of the inside. A staging of nature; barely elevated from a sort of pedestal, the resident observes the environment, the fixed interaction of cloud formations, the seasons and the grazing of sheep in entrance of the cottage decide the ambiance and character of the cottage and the environment change into a surroundings, a backdrop.
The entire great thing about nature opens as much as the person. The customer enters the cottage by a terrace, which is positioned in entrance of the cottage within the east. This serves as an out of doors space in summer time and is an extension of the inside. From right here, by the massive sliding door (2.4m x 3.4m), one enters the principle room. In its proportions (4 x 10m, 4.1m clear top) based mostly on the barns of traditional longhouses, the cottage seeks right here the dialogue between, on the one hand, rural, typical native typologies and classical modernism.
The primary room is subtly divided into 3 areas by an inserted wall ingredient, with out dividing the area in its entirety. The southern space, which will get solar all day lengthy, is the eating space with its beneficiant free-standing desk. The northern space, the place the solar shines from 5 o‘clock within the night, is the dwelling space. Within the central space, the furnishings ingredient integrates the moist space and visually separates it from the principle room. In entrance of the set wall unit, the kitchen floats as a free, mirrored quantity.
Two wood cubes are inserted into this absolutely glazed platform, which accommodates the sleeping berths. These closed volumes type a retreat in distinction to the open major area and convey a way of safety. The cubes might be opened to the principle area by beneficiant sliding doorways, permitting versatile makes use of of the sleeping berths (daybed, sofa) along side the principle area.
The border between integration and segregation, between panorama and structure, between rural and trendy, between open and trendy and the cautious balancing of those parts determines the design and lets the cottage along with the plush nature change into a singular place.