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Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE

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Haus W

A dynamic interplay of light and shadow animates this well-crafted cuboid.

Externally, the scheme is articulated as a zinc-clad modernist box, set into a traditional pitched roof, atop a standard two-storey house. Internally, it comprises a well-proportioned bedroom with an en-suite wet room, and an adjoining stairwell with a lobby and storage area defining its lower level.

The wet room's fully glazed roof exploits the building’s south-facing aspect, as does the skylight design above the staircase. Both configurations create changing patterns of light and shade. By contrast, the bedroom’s fully glazed north elevation delivers an even source of illumination throughout the day. Two slender, full height louvre panels, symmetrically arranged, one in each side wall, abutting this glazed north elevation, provide natural ventilation.

Integral to the scheme is the use of oak for both the flooring and staircase; its colour, depth and texture creates a warm, welcoming environment, while elegantly contrasting with the wet room's white monochrome aesthetic.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Frankfurt am Main, DE
Additional Credits: Photography by Felix Krumbholz

 

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