Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Haus W

This well crafted cuboid generates spectacular light. The scheme is articulated as a classic modernist box, set into a traditional pitched roof, atop a standard three-storey house. The wetroom exploits its south facing aspect with a fully glazed roof, resulting in a dramatic interplay of light and shadow. By contrast, the north facing full height window, which spans the entire width of the building, delivers an even source of illumination throughout the day. Two vertical louvre panels provide natural ventilation. These sit flush in the sidewalls, symmetrically arranged one either side of the glazed end elevation.

Within the stairwell, the structural clarity of the glass balustrading on the upper landing complements the precision and finishing of the sky lights above, while the use of oak for both the flooring and the staircase creates a warm, cohesive and welcoming environment. Within the main space, the colour, depth and texture of the solid wood flooring strikingly contrasts with the ascetic elegance of the white monochrome tiling, the bespoke transparent screen providing a seamless interface between the two. Detailing is exacting throughout.

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


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