Out of the containment of the heavily forested property, a view opens far over the hilly landscape up to the southeastern horizon. The design for the Schröder residence resonates the ambivalence of these spatial qualities as it engages the family life with both contextual scales.
The three-story house is accessed via a hilltop into the middle floor. When entering the hall, the sight falls through a window that is framing a first view into the deep density of the undergrowth layer. The sensation of being enclosed by the forest remains until one experiences the wide-open fields though the large bench windows that line the open living room. Here, the central family life takes place between this scenery and the kitchen and dining area that opens up directly into the garden.
Upstairs in the attic space – the so-called tree house – the bedrooms of the children look into the surrounding treetops. Both rooms share a common play space with a connected roof terrace. Here, the family enjoys the only daylong sunshine spot within the wooden site, along with the view far over the fields.
Carved into the hill are the parental chambers enjoying the privacy of the rear garden that is adjoined by dense wild vegetation.
The sustainable design concept combines passive house energy-saving properties with traditional means of thermal energy storage. The structural walls are built of thermal mass. The exterior weather shell consists of insulation compound material that exceeds the heat loss reduction of conventional passive buildings.