[Henrik Becker Architekt]

The house deliberately flirts with the archetypal image of a family home. However, at second glance you can see that there is not just one house under the cantilevered roof. The striking symmetry and the doubling of some basic elements reveal two separate living units that are separated by a wall along the ridge line.

You enter the house via a slightly raised, all-round wooden veranda. In the middle of the long side, a round dormer opens the eaves, which are drawn far down, and immediately emphasizes the entrance door. A central entrance on the ground floor leads directly to the living or dining room, which is located in the building corners. You can also reach the porch on the first floor below the dormer via the stairs. From there you enter the room and the gallery.

The various rooms and their relationship to the outside space are thought of consistently depending on their location in the building. The presence of the roof plays a decisive role. The living rooms on the ground floor strive outwards. They are horizontal and open through the floor-to-ceiling glazing over a corner. Their spatial limits are vaguely indicated by round supports. However, the space on the eaves side is only limited by the eaves roof line.

The large sliding windows extend the space there in summer to the veranda. From there you can reach the garden via three steps. The emerging rooms under the roof open much less to the outside, they are oriented vertically. The bedrooms only develop their maximum spaciousness when looking upwards. While lying down, one looks up at the sky from the high standing windows, the parapet prevents the view from below. The writing space below the round dormer, on the other hand, offers a view into the distance only when you are sitting. Standing you can only look down towards the entrance.
The gallery room at the highest point of the house only has a skylight and no longer offers a view. The higher you climb, the more introverted the rooms become and in the end they only refer to themselves.

All structural elements of the house above the in-situ concrete floor consist of wooden components made of European softwood. The vertical support structure consists of wooden frame walls as well as solid wooden supports. These have a solid wooden ceiling, which stretches in the longitudinal direction of the building and is held on the gable and eaves side in a rigid all-round frame.
The loads of the roof are guided into the foundations via the purlins in the supports. This structure made it possible to design the corners without columns and to orientate the rooms to the maximum. The load of the thatched roof had to be taken into account, since the corners of the building only lowered after the roof was covered. For this reason, the windows are in front of the building structure.
The inner walls of the room are wooden stud walls, which are clad on the ground floor with three-layer panels made of spruce wood and on the upper floor with gypsum fibreboards. The rafters are insulated in the intermediate areas and covered with a fiberboard above. The thatched roof forms the rain-bearing layer above the climatic envelope as a ventilated construction. Text description by the architect.

Source: www.divisare.com + www.hbarch.de
Photography by: Lisa Winter