When contemporizing an existing 1950’s home in Germany, architect Bernd Zimmermann took an unconventional approach. Unable to change the home’s exterior orientation, he utilized innovative interior voids and retrofit the residence in a reflective cladding. The home, now enveloped in a polished stainless steel material, slightly distorts its surroundings.
Standing out in the neighborhood, the House wz2, provides an interplay of light and shadow for passersby. The revamp allowed for a more modern design approach on both the interior and exterior of the structure. Surrounded by traditional residential architecture, the home utilizes a series of “voids” explains Zimmermann to produce more natural light in the interior.
The architect further explains, “While the exterior form of the existing building wasn’t allowed to change, the interior was completely converted. New airspaces and galleries, which connect the different levels, create the favored open living-structure.”
The new exterior cladding allowed the architect to change existing window orientation and add new ceiling-high windows as well. Zimmermann describes, “Existing windows were closed almost completely and replaced by new openings in the roof and walls, with different sizes, forms and functions.”
The minimalistic interior is contrasted by the dark voids and touches of nature such as the tree planted in a centralized location within the home. To further blur and camouflage the home within its surroundings, the windows on the ground floor can be “wide-opened” Zimmermann describes, “…so that the living and dining area inside become unified with the front and back yard.”
Information courtesy of Dezeen and Bernd Zimmermann
Photography © Valentin Wormbs
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