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Energy-efficient Glazing, Prefabricated High Insulation Timber Panels, Monochrome Bathroom Fittings, Oak Flooring

Project timeline

February 2013 – May 2013



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Bad Vilbel

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June 11th, 2019

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Bad Vilbel, Germany
by Ian Shaw Architects Change this
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A dynamic interplay of light and shadow defines this well-crafted cuboid.

Externally, the scheme is articulated as a zinc-clad modernist box, set into a traditional pitched roof, atop a standard two-storey house; internally, it presents itself as a well-proportioned bedroom with an en-suite wet room that connects with an adjoining stairwell, leading down to a lower-level lobby and storage area.

The wet room's fully glazed roof exploits the building’s south-facing aspect, as do the skylights above the staircase, resulting in both volumes enjoying changing patterns of light and shade. By contrast, the bedroom’s fully glazed north elevation provides an even source of illumination throughout the day. This is flanked by two slender, full height louvre panels that provide natural ventilation.

Integral to the scheme is the use of oak for both the flooring and staircase - its colour, depth and texture creating a warm, welcoming environment, while elegantly contrasting with the wet room's white monochrome aesthetic.


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