- Principals In Charge: Chad Oppenheim, Beat Huesler
- Project Manager: Rasem Kamal
- Project Contributors: Andrew Dadds, Aaron Kohler
- Local Architect: KatharinaPilzArchitektenETH
- City: Bodman-Ludwigshafen
- Country: Germany
Text description provided by the architects. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, overlooking the German part of Lake Constence, the intimate Kronbühl residence site sits between a beautiful sunflower plantation, and an apple orchard extending along the whole back of the plot. The compact plot was optimized through the design of a three-story home for our clients.
A landscaped berm covering the basement floor offers a lush extended garden that blends with the surrounding landscape. By anchoring the lowest volume into the terrain, the entertainment spaces inside and the garden, swimming pool, and existing trees on the outside develop a natural synergy. The basement contains a multitude of programs – a Garage, a wine cellar, an entertainment room, a wellness space, and a sauna. The design intent of the vegetated base minimizes the three-story appearance of the house, offering a considerate gesture to the neighboring context way.
In contrast to the natural base, the middle level consists of multiple volumes finished in bush-hammered concrete, which creates open voids for living spaces in between. The glass facades are designed as large transparent panels filling the gaps between the concrete volumes, framing the various views of the lake and the fields. In order to achieve maximum transparency without any obstructions towards the lake view, the window panels slide inside a hidden pocket within one of the concrete volumes. This generous openness creates a visual dialogue between indoors and outdoors.
The upper wooden volume takes its triangular shape from the three main views of the house - the lake, the sunflowers’s field, and the apple orchard. The triangular form cantilevers above the concrete volumes, with the master bedroom and its corner window looking towards the magical sunset of Lake Constence. The wooden fins that wrap around the facade respect and enhance the natural conditions of the site including views, sun protection, and privacy. The Kronbühl Residence has its distinct identity relative to the surrounding buildings. Formed in close a relationship to the surrounding fields, it has a quiet, yet confident presence within its neighborhood.