Building plots with lake access in Munich's "Fünfseenland" (Five Lakes Region) are rare. All the luckier for the owners of this house with its fantastic location and the panoramic view of the Bavarian Alpine foreland. The site is characterised by its location on a steep slope with mature woodland, so that the entrance at street level leads to a two-storey living space stretching into the roof. Instead of a single large building, the rooms of the house with the adjacent building are distributed across two separate volumes, which develop as simple, compact structures. The archetypal construction absorbs the local form language, aptly translated in materiality and space usage requirements. The solid natural stone plinth made of Wachenzell dolomite appears to grow out of the slope, whereas the rear-ventilated timber façade of rough-sawn spruce symbolises the attachment to the surroundings but through its form and colourfulness is the result of a completely modern interpretation. Towards the road, the façade is closed, but towards the lake is much more open.
At the centre of the design is the view of the surrounding landscape. Systematically placed apertures afford varied perspectives of the lake and the surrounding foothills of the Alps. Like a passe-partout, the unusually large column-free panorama window with a width of 7.44 Meter and a height of 2.30 meters provides a frame for nature, ever-changing according to time and season. To meet the customer's wishes for façade profiles as slim as possible, a constructive solution was sought that combines the complex, functional and artistic requirements. Thus the steel construction was connected to an external beam that is hung from the concrete roof and fulfils several functions – from the structural bracing of the complete steel-glass façade to the fitting of the wooden lamellae glare shield and the textile sunshade for screening. The desire for naturalness is reflected in the interior too. A few specific materials such as natural stone (Pietra Piasentina) and oak floorboards of different widths are supplemented by selectively placed colour and material accents.
Landau + Kindelbacher