Gallery: Gorgeous Wood-Clad German Home with Near-Passive House Perform...


This house in Leipzig, Germany designed by Atelier st combines contemporary styling with a degree of energy efficiency that comes close to Passive House standards. Yet the house features large expanses of glass that are unexpected for a house with the insulation requirements needed for such high performance. The residence is just 186 square meters (just over 2000 square feet), which is moderate by contemporary standards, but spacious for a 2-bedroom house, and its total annual energy usage is significantly lower than the electrical usage of the average American home.

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  1. kristiantheconqueror March 29, 2010 at 3:33 am

    There are two points I’d like to make about this building…

    1. I have been in rural Germany many times, and the fachwerk houses which have been built there for centuries evoke the surrounding black forest much more than this does. There is already an ancient tradition of building in the area, and I would find it much more interesting if the architects attempted to make a modern interpretation of the local architecture instead of venturing off into this la-la land of omnipresent 70s wood paneling.

    2. Wood paneling on the walls AND the roof? Are the owners planning to varnish their house on a semi-yearly basis, or just let that idiotic roof design rot?

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