Location: Wiesbaden, DE
Category: Residential architecture
Kvadratura: 197 m2
Status: Under construction
Tjaša Plavec, m.i.a.
Matic Mohar, m.i.a.
Katja Orehek, abs. arh.
Katarina Lampič, abs. arh.
A young couple with two younger children wanted to create a new home in a terraced house from the mid-80s, located in the small town of Wiesbaden.
Due to the small square footage of both the land plot and the individual floors of the existing building, they wanted to make maximum use of the space.
Due to particularly strict spatial control in the settlement, it was necessary to keep the exterior of the house uniform with the neighboring terraced houses and the settlement.
The client saw a problem in the visual connection of all floors, which are rather narrow and elongated.
The length of the floors makes it difficult to get enough sunlight inside the space because due to the nature of terraced houses, it is not possible to get the light from all four sides.
Due to spatial control, the increase of the existing open spaces was also allowed in a very reduced form, so one of the challenges was creating the feeling that the rooms are brighter than they actually are and bringing light deeper into the room.
We removed the existing partition walls and treated the rooms as a single, connected, fluid space, which also extends vertically to all floors and continues outside.
The ground floor is dedicated to the kitchen with a dining area and living room, which continues towards the exterior. A canopy with a transparent roof allows for the best passage of light inside. The joints of the elements in the living room are dilated and illuminated with diffused light, making them visibly softer. The use of different materials indicates a different use of the space and creates a spatial dynamics.
A similar design language continues in the basement, where work and technical rooms are located.
The middle floor is intended for two younger boys, whose rooms were designed in the spirit of didactic furniture, which enables more dynamic interactions.
The parents’ quarters are located on the top floor, which acts as a calming oasis in the building. The materials are more subtle and encourage us to relax.