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Villa Wiesbaden Change this

Wiesbaden, Germany
by Ian Shaw Architects Change this
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With its dramatic high pitched roof, this imposing villa, built in 1904, presented the practice with an interesting challenge: to deliver a contemporary extension that would provide additional space over three levels, while not being overpowered by the scale of the existing structure.

As part of the building programme, the villa was firstly completely renovated, its original facade and internal floor plan carefully reinstated. The restoration process involved painstakingly removing more than 80 years of minor alterations, all conducted in close consultation with the local preservation authority - the dwelling having been issued with an historic preservation order prior to works commencing. The resultant work allowed a thorough analysis of the villa's massing and spatial grandeur, which in turn informed the extension's robust orthogonal form.

In addition to its spacious, light-filled interiors, the new extension delivers a private outside area for each of the villa's three apartments, respectively comprising two south-facing balconies on levels one and two and a sunken courtyard for the lower ground floor. These vantage points reinstate the garden as an integral part of the property, as does a communal south-facing window which elegantly frames views of the garden’s oak tree.

Within the scheme new and old are subtly bound together via the shared entrance datum level. This sets the depth of the base on which the contemporary block sits. The shared plinth motif is further reinforced via a finishing layer of concrete applied to both the villa's pedestal and the extension's base.


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