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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 O in Potsdam-Mittelmark, Germany by Peter Ruge Architekten

October 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Peter Ruge Architekten

The site lies upon a hill in a beautiful small village in the district Potsdam-Mittelmark in a fantastic scenic situation with breathtaking views over the nearby lake. The surroundings are dominated by a combination of historical and modern mansions. As many of the old large trees on the site should be kept as possible.

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  • Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
  • Project: House O
  • Location: Potsdam-Mittelmark, Germany
  • Client: Otte-Projektmanagment, Berlin
  • Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten
  • Team: Pysall Ruge Architekten – Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Kayoko Uchiyama,  Akane Tazawa
  • Photograph: Werner Huthmacher

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  • Structural engineering: ASBA Ingenieurbüro Bauplanung GmbH
  • Facade engineering: Frontplan Ingenieurbüro
  • Construction company: Horst Kasimir Bauunternehmung GmbH
  • Joiner: Bau+art, Berlin
  • Brief: New residential building
  • Scope of services: Design planning, approval planning, execution planning
  • Size: 360 sqm
  • Duration: 2007 – 2011
  • Completion: 2011

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The new building is designed as a modern residential building with 3 flats. The floor plans are designed to be flexible and open. The main flat extends across two floors.  Simple and reserved materials (exposed concrete, glass, wood, natural stone) underline the modern architectural style to accentuate focus upon the connection between the interior and outdoor spaces. All upper floors can be access via the external staircase.

Image Courtesy Werner Huthmacher

The concept for the facades plays with the contrast of open and closed dependent upon the surroundings and importance of natural perspectives. The narrow sides are glazed toward the south into the garden, and toward the north with the magnificent view over the lake. The west and east facades to the neighbouring sites are mainly closed and designed with large prefabricated concrete elements and some narrow glass bands. The inside of the building appears light, bright and friendly through the open glazed south and north facade.

Image Courtesy Werner Huthmacher

During the seasons the changing surroundings of the large deciduous trees and so also the spatial impression in building will continuously vary:

• Winter – panoramic view, bright sun light
• Summer – closed tree canopy with focused views, shadow with diffused sunlight

The building will be heated by  using geothermal energy. The integrated bus technology allows the individual controlling of the entire building everywhere and from every place.

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Peter Ruge Architekten

Peter Ruge Architekten is an international architectural and urban design firm with offices in Berlin, Germany and Hangzhou, China.

Prof. Peter Ruge runs the company and has over 20 years experience realizing buildings and urban developments across Europe and Asia.

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He has lectured at various locations. Currently he teaches Sustainable Design at Hochschule Anhalt / Dessau Institute of Architecture (Bauhaus).

For Peter Ruge Architekten a wide range of prospects has opened up concerning sustainable optimization of existing portfolios, residential developments and city planning.

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With expertise in planning and realisation, Peter Ruge Architekten continues to readily welcome the opportunity to take on client’s challenges:

• a low energy apartment complex in Tuying, China;
• the industrial conversion of a redundant factory into modern workspaces in Hangzhou (under construction);
• and upgrading residential portfolios in Berlin.

Image Courtesy Werner Huthmacher

In addition to various awards, two projects by Peter Ruge have been awarded with a national certification for sustainable architecture.

Image Courtesy Werner Huthmacher

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