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Published: Friday, March 28, 2008

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Seifert House

"There is only a smooth pastel coloured surface inside the concrete 'boulders' (= concrete blocks in the form of simplified rocks)." says BAU|KULTUR (The Bureau for Architecture, Urbanism and Culture) on Seifert House.

By: BAU|KULTUR

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Paul Ott, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

The lighting system supports the idea of the overall concrete structure: The large niches of the concrete "boulders", e.g. for the library, are covered with satined glass panels and become a source of light during the night. During the day generous skylights bring much sunlight in the rooms inside the two the concrete "boulders."

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Paul Ott, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

There are no columns that stabilize the freestanding glass facade. Hence, the ceiling construction has been planed as a cantilevered structure. We could manage to keep the thickness of the ceiling thin by means of carefully designed reinforcement even though parts of the structure are cantilevered more than seven meters.

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Paul Ott, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

Thanks to the general conception of the positioning and shape of the house, it is not possible to get a glimpse of the interior despite its high openness and transparency.

Since the beginning of the year 2006 Mrs. Seifert lives in the house - with no regrets.

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Michael Shamiyeh, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Michael Shamiyeh, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

Architecture-Page | Seifert House by BAU|KULTUR
Photograph by Michael Shamiyeh, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR.

All images were taken before final garden design.

Credits

  • Text, courtesy of the BAU|KULTUR
  • Photographs: 1-8 © Paul Ott, 9-11 © Michael Shamiyeh, courtesy of BAU|KULTUR

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