Design IP1 | Man Hoan Dao, Kaan Cuma Borazanci & Leon Kleber | 2nd semester | winter semester 2017/18

The single-family house with adjacent workplace, combined with a towering ‘thinker's tower’, lies on the outskirts of Stuttgart-Degerloch. The tower immediately attracts attention. It is built in solid construction, with a reinforced concrete structure and a rear-ventilated clinker brick façade. The clinker bricks are aligned horizontally to resemble lying books. To give the impression that some books were moved, bricks are protruding slightly here and there.

On a thirty by twenty metre green area, a building was created by cutting out and shifting basic shapes, serving a lively family as a living space and an author as a quiet working place.

As soon as you enter the building, the entrance area welcomes you with light shining into the atrium through a skylight in the roof, two levels up. A striking feature is a bookcase that serves as a coat rack and directs the light onto the walls in the upper area. A spatial impression resembling that of a library is created.

On the lower floor is the living area and the passage to the working area. The kitchen and the living room are oriented to the south in order to receive as much light as possible during the day through the large glass front. The living area is oriented to the north and south. In the north are the atrium, a rarely used guest room and a toilet. The two children's rooms and the bedroom are located to the south.

Via the large glass and window façade to the south and the skylight, a chimney effect is created by the atrium, which ensures excellent ventilation over both floors. All floors are heated by underfloor heating.

In order to address the theme of ‘light into the dark’ as an analogy to books in the upper area as well, windows are allotted on the west and east sides behind perforated brickwork. The perforated brickwork looks like a shelf with some gaps from books being pulled out.

At the top of the ‘thinker's tower’, a place of peace without distractions, is a tough and delicately knotted net on which you can lie down to read books and look through the only window in the roof. The themes of books and bookshelves run through the entire building.

The work was supervised by Dipl.-Ing. Arne Rüdenauer.