format elf nestles dark barn-shaped houses into bavarian forest
format elf nestles dark barn-shaped houses into bavarian forest format elf nestles dark barn-shaped houses into bavarian forest
may 16, 2014

format elf nestles dark barn-shaped houses into bavarian forest

format elf nestles dark barn-shaped houses into bavarian forest
all images courtesy of format elf




nestled in the lower bavarian landscape, german studio format elf architekten has completed a series of houses linked by a common themes, yet differentiated by their materials. the three structures have long pathways and sit on a gentle hillside, overlooking the natural world around them.


the ‘elementary cottage’ evolved from a saddle roof shape that was based on an exaggeration of pictorial proportions. the ‘longhouse’ appears distinctive, reduced and expressive – designed as an black, weather-beaten barn – it elegantly merges with the surroundings, as it is camouflaged by its dark shell against the outskirts of the forest.


lake house



the façades are clad in black timber panels, which give the sense of constantly changing with the wind and environment around them. reflective glazing on the exterior interweaves the houses the built form with the natural landscape.



surrounded by forest




interior views




reflective façade



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