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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House R in Karlsruhe, Germany by christ christ architekten gmbh

 
November 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: christ christ architekten gmbh

The house is located at the “Stadtgarten” (city park) in the centre of Karlsruhe

Site

The property once was a part of a northern situated villa. A pavilion which belongs to the historic ensemble is part of the wall, which encloses property at three sides.

Infrastructure

The 4-storey single family house is reached via a forecourt and a ramp. The main entrance on the northern side and a second entrance via the carport lead to the entrance area.

The storeys are connected by an open stairway and an elevator. North side ramp and the integration of an elevator refers to demographic development and possible handicap.

Night View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

  • Architect: christ christ architekten gmbh
  • Name of Project: House R
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Type: single family house
  • Client: Private
  • Photographer: Thomas Herrmann |  Stuttgart

Night View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

  • Design: Roger Christ
  • Assistants: Ronni Neuber, Julia Url
  • Structural Engineering: Schmitt + Thielmann und Partner | Wiesbaden
  • Building data:
     

    • Size of the plot: 805 m²
    • Living space: 455 m²
    • Heating demand: 65,34 kWh/m²a
    • Primary energy demand: 72,90 kWh/m²a
    • Start of construction: 01/2009
    • Completion: 05/2010

 

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Storeys

Ground floor: Entrance area, home office, double-height living room with a kitchen and a dining area

1st floor:Gallery as a more private living area, two children’s rooms with dressing room and bathroom.

Attic floor: The attic floor with a roof terrace on three sides is reserved for the parents. It is not divided into rooms; the individual functional devices (bed, washbasin, bath tub, bathroom-box and dressing area) are accordingly loft kind arranged.

Basement: Swimming pool with a projecting light shaft, guest room, bathroom and the building equipment

In order to achieve an optimal exposure to light in the basement the ground floor is floating 1 m above the terrain level whereby a 50 cm high window band could be realized. The skylight and the light shaft flood the basement with natural light.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Ventilation and cooling

Cross-ventilation via automatically controlled louver windows

The glass areas are equipped with exterior sun protection, which screens the residents from view at the same time. Because of night cooling and exterior sun protection it was not necessary to install an air condition system.

The thermal mass of the concrete walls functions as a cooling storage and are cooling the rooms throughout the day.

By the employment of triple glazed windows, highly effective insulation and a solar thermal system an energetically optimized building could be realized.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Front View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart

Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart

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