hornung and jacobi architecture: house hafner
hornung and jacobi architecture: house hafner hornung and jacobi architecture: house hafner
jan 29, 2013

hornung and jacobi architecture: house hafner

‘house hafner’ by hornung and jacobi architecture, germanyimage © peter guthrieall images courtesy of hornung and jacobi architecture



the site of ‘house hafner’ by german practice hornung and jacobi architecture is located in the countryside next to a forest in Southern Germany, situated at the end of a blind alley to benefit from the views of the woods and valley. a very high level of privacy is provided by the natural protection of the environment which makes an open living configuration possible. the slight remodeling of the topography with a given height difference of three meters inspired the choreography and orientation of the building. 
the residential building is designed for a couple with an independent area for guests and is divided into two parts: one introverted area, articulated by an arrangement of smaller openings following the surrounding typology of the neighborhood; its counterpart is an extroverted zone facing the forest and the beautiful view of the valley, interpreted as an extension of the open living area. 
the abstracted shape  of the gabled roof draws an analogy to the surrounding roof typologies, which is common in the region. the transformation to an open cubic design made a maximum size of openings possible, as well as the visual merging of living and nature.



U-shaped residential buildingimage © peter guthrie

view from the extroverted garden sideimage © peter guthrie

looking downwards towards the entrance and parking areaimage © peter guthrie

entrance areaimage © peter guthrie

interior view, looking towards the more open and less private areaimage © peter guthrie

living and dining areaimage © peter guthrie

a sliding door enables the residents to benefit from a flexible open plan kitchen as well being able to separate that area from the dining and living areaimage © peter guthrie

night viewimage © peter guthrie

site plan



floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1



project info:



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  • Peter Guthrie is the man! Very, very slick visuals. Nice design too.

    Chris MacDonald says:
  • stunning

    dbkii says:
  • WOW …

    Sovie says:
  • Yes this is good illusion of reality. A structure with no visible means of support in some areas – at what cost. Yah, wanna know about structural magic tricks…

    mArkW says:
  • awesome.

    justin says:
  • Das ist die Kunst -die Kunst der Architekten!
    Dies Haus macht mich glucklich,Ich wurde es in meinem alten Grossvaters Ort in Sofia machen.

    milena,reg.architect M.Sc.Bulgarien says:
  • well, structure wise its not so complicated if you just anchor it down in the ground and all the walls carry as slaps. The east wall has very little windows and the outer walls of the south and north beam are shaped that they can take a high momentum – all to get your carport covered… just need a wealthy client…

    michael says:
  • ist it real?

    Fatih says:
  • Dr Guthrie.

    Malaparte says:
  • Very nice

    Structurally it is not a big deal.
    Easy to do in concrete or steel. Easy as in build, but few can get the design right . . .

    Gordon says:
  • Nice!!

    thank god there are still architects like this out here, no blobs, no messy collisions, no not functioning geometry just for looks….and post-rationize the messy with parametric theories…manifestos…talks…promos on facebook….aaahhhh!!

    Chanyatola says:
  • This project is NOT built. They are superb renders only. Look at the trees in the surrounding setting and the grass. Kudos to the architects for deceiving everybody, even Designboom.

    Juan Ines says:
  • Absolutely LOVIT!!!

    Reggy says:
  • Gordon y u dont shut your face? u know when an architecture do a design that is not rectilinear every one begins to question the origin of it, but no one ever question an architect when he designs a box?

    U never hear anyone asking where did the box form came from and how does it fit into its surroundings? and if u look at nature, landscape etc, they are not rectilinear, and has a lot of complexity to them.

    U better off just saying that u like the design on this page and stop making reference to architects who think outside the box.

    sheema says:

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