Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


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 above the staircase, resulting in both configurations creating changing patterns of light and shadow. By contrast, the bedroom’s full height north facing window, which spans the entire width of the room, delivers an even source of illumination throughout the day. Two slender, full height louvre panels provide natural ventilation; these sit flush in the side walls either side of the glazed north elevation. 

Integral to the scheme is the use of oak for both the flooring and staircase, its colour, depth and texture creating 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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