Home for three generations
Living together under one roof – this was the dream of architect couple Anja and Jochen Engelshove in Neuenkirchen. They brought their dream to life by creating a home for their family of four plus their parents. The older generation lives on the ground floor because it is more accessible. On the first floor the family, including the children, have enough space of their own. The concept of keeping the family close together whilst maintaining privacy to respect everyone’s different needs was a concept that was incorporated into the design from the outset.
Modern & timeless façade
The materials for the project were selected carefully to create the clean and timeless look envisaged by the architects: a house that appeals to all generations and generations yet to come. The anthracite-coloured façade bricks in the entrance, terrace and interior areas, match the aluminium windows and external blinds in the same colour. The contemporary appearance is primarily achieved through the use of long-format clay facing bricks. Light grey, nuanced, and constructed with very thin bearing joint masonry; the facing bricks create an elegant and durable building.
Economical passive house
The multi-generational house was built with a highly heat-insulating, double-skin construction in the form of a passive house. For the outer walls, clay blocks with a thickness of 17.5 centimetres were used. The inner walls needed effective sound insulation, which was also achieved by using clay blocks. The idea behind this was that the children could play without disturbing their grandparents.
A worthwhile investment
In addition to insulating clay materials with triple-glazed windows, controlled ventilation with heat recovery, and economical underfloor heating in all rooms, the owners benefit from low operating costs. So they are saving money in the long term, with a clever investment in an attractive home – an environment that fosters wellbeing for all generations.
Project nameMulti-generational house Engelshove, Neuenkirchen, Germany
ArchitectAnja & Jochen Engelshove
Year of completion2012