One of the largest current urban development projects in Germany is taking place in Dortmund, on an area of 200 hectares, on a former industrial site. Plans for the development include an artificial lake, new business and industrial buildings,and homes.
In the midst of this the newly created living area, a modern beige cube offers comfortable living in outstanding design. Architect Anja Engelshove and her client chose light brick to provide a retro look, contrasting with the modern appearance. The rustic bricks have uneven and slightly fractured edges that are created during the production process to give the material an aged look.
CONSISTENT CONSTRUCTION WITH CLAY
From the outset, the clients asked for a brick façade, and it took little persuasion for architect Anja Engelshove to convince them of the advantages of building the inner walls from clay blocks. The double-shell design using 17.5 cm-wide unfilled clay blocks provides excellent thermal insulation. This type of construction has a positive impact on air quality and supports a healthy indoor climate. The inner walls were also constructed using clay blocks to simultaneously provide optimum absorption of water and store heat.
ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN
The spacious, south-facing windows provide a lot of natural light and warmth from the sun. This helps to save energy needed for heating. Overall, this city mansion achieves a minimum U-value of 0.171 W/m2K – which is why the house has been awarded the rating of KfW-Efficiency House 55 in Germany. The rating confirms that the building fulfils modern energy efficiency standards and financial support can be issued.
HIGH QUALITY OF LIVING
The elegant architectural style continues inside, with clear contours, sophisticated materials and plenty of light throughout the building. The house enables relaxed living with sustainable features in an exclusive ambience – and views over the lake.
Facts & Figures
Project nameStadtvilla am Phoenixsee, Dortmund, Germany
Terca Oud Laethem, Poroton T16
Year of completion2015