Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
‘Haus P’ is a dark-cladded holiday home for a family of seven. The architecture is a nod to the traditional form of Allgäu mountain houses, illustrated with the shallow gabled roof and basement program.
The structure has been divided into two volumes. One containing the living programs, the other serving as a shed. In between the two structures, a sheltered courtyard has been established. Meanwhile, the rear façade of the residence has been ‘cut’ obliquely to also form a point of access, which is again a nod to traditional hayricks from the Allgäu. Charred timber has been chosen as the material for the envelope and in contrast, the interiors are wrapped in a lighter wood. The uneven topography of the hill is stabilized by a concrete base in which the residence sits upon and which protects from earth-moist ground.
The dynamic exterior has influenced the irregular shape of the rooms inside. A large picture window in the room containing the living, kitchen and dining room frames an uninterrupted view to the mountains The choice in furniture and materials emphasize the aim to create a comfortable and inviting living program. Elements such as the concrete fireplace, a reclining and reading loft under the roof where guests can relax and deep set skylights provide a direct view for stargazing.