House Hafner in Germany has to be one of the most beautiful homes we have featured on Inhabitat, and yet it's hard to pin down exactly what makes it so. Is it the large openings? Perhaps it's the three meter variation between the home's two halves - one side is completely open to the surrounding forest and the other a little more "introverted," as designers Horning and Jacobi Architecture put it. Hit the jump to help us unravel the mystery of this contemporary cubic retreat.
Built for a couple who likes to entertain, House Hafner benefits from a private plot at the end of a blind alley that allowed the designer to create an open plan space that opens to the verdant outdoors. Almost entirely surrounded by forest, the futuristic home has two wings: one is defined by floor to ceiling windows that spill out onto a simple wooden deck. The second is a little more closed in, but large square cutouts ensure plenty of daylight reaches the living spaces held within.
There is a three meter difference between the two halves of House Hafner, a creative intervention that helps to explain the home’s bold appearance. The lower, more “introverted” wing is accessed by a door surrounded by a living green garage of sorts. Steps leads from there to the ground level. The interior is open, filled with light, and furnished with contemporary pieces that maintain a sense of subtlety. Wow. We love this house.
Photography courtesy of Hornung and Jacobi Architecture