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Ceramic sculpture: The house that looks like a cold rock

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  • A house that looks like a cold rock is part of a ceramic sculpting trend.
  • The studio that conceived the residency was born in the city of Los Angeles, California.
  • The house has its own personality and is an example of symmetrical subtlety.

As if it were a glacial landscape, the planning of this single family residence aspires to be an icy rock in the middle of the Berlin neighborhood of Grunewald. With a trapezoidal cut, but with evident hints of a sculptural shape, the house stands out from its surroundings and its structure looks imposing.

The design of the house presents a contemporary interpretation where its three-dimensional four-story shape seems to emerge from the floor. «To conceive it, Graft Architects abstracted the classical rules of villa design and digitally synthesized them with natural phenomena changing the tectonics of a villa towards that of a sculpture,» said Lars Krückeberg, founding partner of the studio that was originally created in Los Angeles, California.


The centerpiece of the house is the living room, a diaphanous and prismatic space. Photo: Reform Agency

To the particular assembly of the housing project is added a characteristic that gives it personality and fulfills a distinctive contribution: a facade covered with ceramic plates, which reinforce the impression of being a large frozen rock.

«The horizontal incisions in the faceted surface for the loggias and the floor-to-ceiling glazing are strategically placed to establish visual connections with the surrounding vegetation while maintaining privacy,» assured the creative.


The materials were chosen for their durability and their recyclable quality. Photo: Reform Agency

The asymmetrical appearance of the house is reflected in its interiors, where the fluid transitions between the rooms create a feeling of openness thanks to the non-linear details. This quality is displaced through four levels, which, structurally, were «out of phase», to create a line independence from each other, remarkable if the plan of the residence is scrutinized cut by cut.

“The floor plans are designed to be flexible, so that they can adapt to the changing situations in the lives of the residents. The floors can be separated into independent apartments and these are accessed through the external staircase ”, described the architect.


The orientation of the building is optimized for its efficiency and performance. Photo: Reform Agency

The house, created on an area of ​​870 square meters and with 530 of living space, is distributed with a program consisting of kitchen and living room, two rooms located on the ground floor, a master bedroom on the upper level and a large hall that distributes the housing flow with a terrace and four additional bedrooms.

In order to endow it with an ecological power, its orientation optimizes the efficiency and energy performance of the building, according to Krückeberg, better than required by current energy conservation legislation.


The stairs and the fireplace break with the conventional design due to the asymmetric line. Photo: Reform Agency

The central piece of the house is the living room, a diaphanous and prismatic space, while the internal stairs and the fireplace break with the conventional design of a residence due to the asymmetric lines that compose it.

The materials used were chosen for their durability, highlighting the use of travertine in floors, which reinforces the concept of glacial rock. Due to its orientation, the building is optimized for its efficiency and energy performance.

The post Ceramic sculpture: the house that looks like a cold rock appeared first on Hispanic World.

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