marte marte architekten design cor ten steel tower for family
marte marte architekten design cor ten steel tower for family marte marte architekten design cor ten steel tower for family
jun 05, 2013

marte marte architekten design cor ten steel tower for family

marte marte architekten design cor-ten steel tower for family

all images courtesy of marte marte architekten




stefan marte, one half of the team of brothers and principals at marte marte architekten, found his daughters outgrowing another one of his designs- his own home. while the firm is renown for their use of expertly composed concrete volumes, for the ‘maiden tower’ addition designed specifically for his daughters, a new tectonic avenue in the form of cor-ten steel was employed. patterns of rusted bolts and lines along the welding beads form a complex skin for the massive structure. the oxidizing steel’s warm, weathered patina both matches and is distinguished from the raw, stony material of the existing home, while interiors remain the same palette of gently-grained wood cladding and pristine hues. in the rolling green space between the two buildings, an in-ground pool bores into the hillside and links the two structures with the landscape. drawing from the conceptual narrative of a fairy tale, the tower allows the girls their private spaces while glazed apertures face the protective house of their parents and the nearby idyllic forest. stairs that pierce each level continue the to mirror ideas about the interplay of freedom and guidance as well as communicate that architecture can both convey respect and draw boundaries. this domestic dwelling uses spatial ideas to convey concepts in parenting and human growth all underpinned with a whimsical narrative and awash in an incredibly rich and considered material palette.


on the building:


if it is true that the first few years of life shape our future spatial desires, then these girls will have had a very valuable personal experience that their future prince charmings will probably not have had: a life in manifest appreciation.

views of the steel tower and existing concrete home

the material palette is both varied ans synthesized

the cor-ten volume has ventilating flaps for each bedroom

(left) the oxidixing steel mass from the in-ground pool
(right) view from the liminal space between buildings out onto the landscape

the home overlooks an idyllic forest

interiors are muted and clad in wood



  • too bad about the view

    dbkii says:
  • Aesthetically quite disappointing to me. It establishes no positive relation to the existing house( which I think is a quite nice one). And I would assume the owners of the house would have actually been quite pissed off if this had been the neighbours tower overlooking their property.
    I frankly do not understand the choice of material or expression in this particular context.this self-imposed harshness does not seem to serve any purpose.

    TC says:
  • I wish our council would allow such a great expression here in Australia.

    DADAP says:

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