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“when the sun moves through the house, it creates thousands of different situations of lights”
In the south-east Stuttgart, in Walddorfhaslach lies a home very different from the other ones around it, surrounded by beautiful landscape. The architect responsible for this piece is named Reinhold Andris and it represents his family home. Born in 1958, this University of Stuttgart architect chose a site with magnificent views over the hills of the Swabian Jura and surrounded by arable farmland to the north.
The one-family home is placed among other newly constructed homes and was subdued to strict planning office regulations:a two storey home with a saddleback roof with red rooftiles and a specific height. Despite this specific rules that the architect applied in the design process, the resulting product was very different from the other neighborhood homes The Scandinavian style is very well reflected in this traditional-shaped home by the usage of warm wood in the wall cladding. The traditional apparel is yet balanced by the usage of big area of glass and of a steel structure which is very visible due to the large expanses of glass. The roof, although classic in shape, has the line of the eaves defined by a ribbon of glass.
The houses’s structure consists of six load-bearing frames placed at intervals of 1.20 m on one direction, held together by lateral masonry bonds.The overall steel structure remains visible and the blue girders and red and yellow interior color scheme suggests that Andris was inspired by the De Stiji.The open plan of certain area of the house are visible tot he exterior whilst the clad zones represent the intimate and private.
The way the planning was designed resulted into two sleeping areas.The one situated on the lowest floor is next to the central entrance serving as a guest room or a possible private apartment.The entire north-west side of this floor is occupied by the open plan dinning room and open kitchen. To the side of the building you can find the equipment room over which there is a terrace. The dinning room is then linked to the second bedroom by a short metallic stairway. The central light enlarges the sense of space and the open of any structure living room can be easily transformed into an art gallery. The bold primary color scheme offers a very vibrant interior layout and the intricate design of glass and clad generates a sensitive play of light and dark that moves constantly during the day. This conventional from afar steel house becomes unconventional when you go closer and realize that the primary living space of the home-the living room is not in any way physically connected the the outside garden, but offers incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Even if the overall design scheme might be a little bit bold and quite cold, this architect house has an intriguing fluid spatiality that defines Reinhold Andris’s architectural style.