House O \ Peter Ruge Architekten

• October 22, 2012

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Image courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten & Werner Huthmacher

The site lies upon a hill in a beautiful small village in the district Potsdam-Mittelmark in a fantastic scenic situation with breathtaking views over the nearby lake. The surroundings are dominated by a combination of historical and modern mansions. As many of the old large trees on the site should be kept as possible.

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Image courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten & Werner Huthmacher

The new building is designed as a modern residential building with 3 flats. The floor plans are designed to be flexible and open. The main flat extends across two floors. Simple and reserved materials (exposed concrete, glass, wood, natural stone) underline the modern architectural style to accentuate focus upon the connection between the interior and outdoor spaces. All upper floors can be access via the external staircase.

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Image courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten & Werner Huthmacher

The concept for the facades plays with the contrast of open and closed dependent upon the surroundings and importance of natural perspectives. The narrow sides are glazed toward the south into the garden, and toward the north with the magnificent view over the lake. The west and east facades to the neighbouring sites are mainly closed and designed with large prefabricated concrete elements and some narrow glass bands. The inside of the building appears light, bright and friendly through the open glazed south and north facade. During the seasons the changing surroundings of the large deciduous trees and so also the spatial impression in building will continuously vary:

• Winter – panoramic view, bright sun light
• Summer – closed tree canopy with focused views, shadow with diffused sunlight

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Image courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten & Werner Huthmacher

The building will be heated by using geothermal energy. The integrated bus technology allows the individual controlling of the entire building everywhere and from every place.

+ Project facts

House O
New residential building in Potsdam-Mittelmark, Germany

Client: Otte-Projektmanagment, Berlin
Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten
Team: Pysall Ruge Architekten – Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Kayoko Uchiyama, Akane Tazawa
Photograph: Werner Huthmacher
Structural engineering: ASBA Ingenieurbüro Bauplanung GmbH
Facade engineering: Frontplan Ingenieurbüro
Construction company: Horst Kasimir Bauunternehmung GmbH
Joiner: Bau+art, Berlin
Location: Potsdam-Mittelmark
Brief: New residential building
Scope of services: Design planning, approval planning, execution planning
Size: 360 sqm
Duration: 2007 – 2011
Completion: 2011

+ All images and drawings courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

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