GRAFT designed a single-family house and two semi-detached houses, all of them environment-friendly buildings that join mobility, energy and health. The project is an unrivaled holistic approach that connects modern architecture, innovative building equipment and e-mobility as well as sustainability and physical health. The houses even generate a surplus of energy that will be used to charge an e-car that the tenant rents with the house.
Article source: marc benjamin drewes ARCHITEKTUREN & schneideroelsen
Small and cautious interventions try not to destroy the special atmosphere and to retrieve hidden qualities in the refurbishment of a typical Berlin apartment from around 1900.
In three rooms several layers of old color were taken off the extensive moulding on the ceiling. Behind the thick layers of color parts of the original ceiling frescos appeared. Since the ceilings were not painted again, the rooms are being characterized by a lively and diverse feeling full of history. The slight irregularities of a rough lime cement plaster on the walls are equally far away from a too monotonous perfectly smooth surface. The old hardwood flooring was sanded off and treated with a mixture of oil and wax.
Aktivhaus B10 is part of a research project. The project is investigating how innovative materials, construction methods and technologies can improve our built environment in a sustainable way. Thanks to an ingenious energy concept and forward-thinking, self-learning building controls the building creates twice its energy requirement from sustainable sources. The highly efficient and simultaneously lean building shell that this requires was made possible by the use of vacuum insulation panels.
Rail line connecting cities folded shape of the building is an abstract representation of the geographical interconnection between ulm and other european metropolitan centres. the expressive, illuminated skin marks the public realm at the front of the station.
Article source: Stephan Maria Lang Architekten GmbH
On a sloping site oriented to the morning sun the house is hovering with its widely levitating roof anchored to the ground by 3 stone clad rocky volumes. The white coated slabs with floor to ceiling sliding doors in between create an image like a yard in a light breeze.
This project was originally designed for the Lausitzer Seenland, a vast brown coal mining area in East Germany which was abandoned after the reunifi cation of Germany and is now being flooded. Within the next few years the area will become the largest cluster of lakes in Europe, comprising of ten large lakes connected by canals.
Shelter for an agricultural vehicle in Brandenburg’s countryside.
The Ökonomiebau provides a small shelter for an agricultural vehicle in the urban hinterland of Berlin. This very unusual request offered the possibility to design a building with an extremely low budget, whose goal consists only in protecting its content from the rain.
Transformation of a video library to a 750 m2 nursery.
The one storey building of a former video library is – except of one longitudinal side – surrounded by soil. The original floor plan with its polygon shape and its unusual depth turns daylight to the essential aspect of the design concept.