Ian Shaw Architekten

Ian Shaw Architekten

Frankfurt am Main, DE


Haus W

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 presents itself as a well-proportioned bedroom with an en-suite wet room. An adjoining stairwell leads down to a lower-level lobby and storage area.

The wet room's glazed roof exploits the building’s south-facing aspect, as do the skylights above the staircase, resulting in both volumes enjoying a dynamic interplay of light and shadow. By contrast the fully glazed north elevation delivers an even source of illumination throughout the day.

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.

Natural ventilation is via two slender, full height louvre panels, symmetrically sited, one in each side wall, directly in front of the north elevation.



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