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Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin
Posted By Andrew Michler On July 15, 2011 @ 6:22 pm In Architecture,Design,Green renovation,Urban design | No Comments
The Haus Köhler, designed by architect Bruno Blesch, is a hybrid of the old and new, where an old German farmhouse has been transformed into an energy-efficient family home. The re-design of the new home maintains its classic profile, but to meet a modern aesthetic, the architect gave the structure a contemporary twist topped off with sustainable sensibilities. Featuring a hardy slate skin and a passive solar design, this this small farmhouse in the small village Uiffingen will provide for a perfect home that will live far into the future.
The house is part of a small abandoned farm in the middle of the village. The original building was demolished  down to its stone wall walk-out basement, which was then stabilized for the new house. Using the exact same profile of the original the 118 square meter home, the updated design fits right into the rural neighborhood with only a few cues to its modern pedigree.
The slate walls and roof echo classic materials, but applied in a fresh new way, wrapping the home in a protective, long lasting shell. A few elongated windows peek through the façade facing the street. The south side is heavily glazed  at the lower level to allow full winter sun to light and heat the interior’s tiled floor and concrete walls.
The windows are also aggressively shaded to reduce summer heating. Supplemental heating is provided by a wood pellet heater . The interior is unabashed modern, with raw concrete walls, an open floor plan and some nice design touches. But perhaps the most unique feature is a shelving system built into the wall reflecting the stairway design.
+ Bruno Blesch 
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 demolished: http://inhabitat.com/ho-hum-post-war-house-transformed-into-a-sanctuary-of-modernest-bliss/
 heavily glazed: http://inhabitat.com/hof-house-by-studio-granada-architects/
 wood pellet heater: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellet_stove
 + Bruno Blesch: http://www.ueber-bau.de/projekte/wohnungsbau/koehler/koehler.htm
 Baunetz Wissen: http://www.baunetzwissen.de/objektartikel/Schiefer_Ehemaliger-Bauernhof-in-Uiffingen_641896.html
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