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Single family house SOHO, Ulm

The exterior facade of the house is neutral. While a simple, continuous surface towards the street forms the base of the house, the wall surfaces on the upper floors are already fanning out. There a varied rhythm is created, accentuated by unconventionally placed windows. Outsiders are not immediately aware of the room to which these windows belong. Conventional perceptions of space do not seem to fit. This house cannot be assigned to any typical architectural style. It does not want to correspond to any design dogmatism. It is a house whose rooms are formed around its inhabitants. It is home. 

Warm wood, a natural white tone of the walls and colored surfaces create a homely room atmosphere. The building appears grounded. Subtle details give the impression that the building has been anchored to its original site for a long time. The finely plastered walls tell a story of a skilful craftsmanship that could have been tried and tested over centuries. The kitchen monolith made of Corian in velvety black corresponds with the heavy, light grey curtains made of soft fabric. Materiality can be felt everywhere. 

The first floor offers width. Floor-to-ceiling windows give a view into the garden. The generous green areas border on the edge of a forest, which provides cool shade. Above the kitchen, a light room provides sacred height. A large window illuminates it. 

The heart of the house is the blue staircase. It leads to the parents' private rooms, a suite consisting of a workspace, sleeping area and bathroom. The ensemble seems like a house within a house. The blue staircase could also have been the entrance to a historic city villa. Allegory resonates. It is not just any functional staircase. It has been dressed in matt, light blue. The lowest plinth step is inviting and large, its corner softly rounded towards the corridor. Curves can be found in further details of the house. In the upper bathroom the floor-level shower flows into a rounded wall. The fittings also do without acute angles. Door handle Minimal Modern appears clear and simple. Its form radiates calm. The front runs parallel to the door leaf, the corners of the rectangular shape were rounded. A special feature is the finish of the fittings: With its premium velvet grey surface, the handle offers a pleasant, soft gripping experience. Even the windows were equipped with matching handles in Minimal Modern design. Such details show the care that has been given to this house. Minimal Modern was designed by sieger design for Griffwerk.

Project

Single family house "House SOHO"

Location

Ulm

Architecture

SoHo Architecture, Memmingen

Photography

Martin Duckek

Used door and window handles

Minimal Modern in velvet grey, Sieger Design

Used door hinges

Simonswerk

MINIMAL MODERN designed by sieger design

sieger design created the "Characters" collection for Griffwerk. One of the three individual door handles in the collection is MINIMAL MODERN. The door handle convinces with a clear, modern and contemporary design and fits harmoniously into every living environment.

 

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set MINIMAL MODERN in the version mortice lock - velvet grey - screw on technique

House Donautal

Formed like bands, the balconies are lined up across the floors. They are connected and on all levels offer the possibility to let the view wander over the Danube plain. The arrangement of the balconies integrates inside and outside into a harmonious, light living concept. The room axes are long and emphasize the horizontal. They lead the view over the balconies to the Danube valley. Sky, clouds and weather of the river plain give the rooms their light color.

Pebble colored exposed concrete was used for walls and floor. A clear, reduced formal language characterizes the whole. It was the goal of the intensive examination of the construction task. Oak wood was used for the floor. An open wall of lined up wooden beams delimits the staircase. The beams would appear rustic if they were not finely sanded. Thus they invite you to feel them and go well with the velvety white of the kitchen.

Every detail seems questioned. The lighting concept is designed as a single horizontal line. All lights are supported in a minimalist, straight rail. The rail was kept in black; the row also leads to the Danube valley. One feels reminded of the construction lines of a central perspective representation of the Renaissance.

Elegance and purism is inherent in everything. The staircase to the second floor seems almost mundane. It is spacious, wide and made of fine but heavy concrete. The open demarcation made of beams does not create any narrowness.

The 'Ulmer Griff' by Max Bill was the door handle of choice. It too refers to the place. The Ulm College of Design, for which the handle was designed by Max Bill, is virtually within sight. The surface in matt graphite black fits perfectly into the room concept.

Project

House Donautal

Location

Ulm

Architecture

jbmw Architekten
Jana Brotbeck and Michael Weberruss

Photography

Martin Duckek

Used fittings

'Ulmer Griff' in graphite black, Max Bill, GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

The Ulmer Griff designed by max bill

Max Bill, founding rector of the Ulmer HfG designed a door handle for the university building in the fifties together with the student Ernst Moeckl. The redesign, which was developed in 2012, is permitted - with the approval of the max, binia + jakob bill stiftung, Adligenswil - to bear the signature "max bill".

Product image rose set ULMER GRIFF mortice lock graphite black clip on technique

Private home

1.12.2017

From the entrance area, a room-high sliding door provides a view of the living and dining area, which is kept open. The stairs to the first floor integrate harmoniously without changing the floor material. It was only separated by a transparent glass wall.

The bright and white room boundaries meet on all floors and conceal their functions. Seamless transitions always eliminate unnecessary details.

Only minimal differences in the surface characterise the room-high doors on the upper floor. The accent of the doors is the door handle. It creates an idealistic and historical reference to the Ulmer HfG, for which the 'Ulmer Griff' was designed by Max Bill.

The 'Ulmer Griff' has the characteristic soft transition from circle to ellipse. A principle based on mathematics, as Max Bill also demanded in his 1946 work "The mathematical way of thinking in the art of our time".

Project

Private home

Location

Southern Germany

Used fittings

Ulmer Griff, Max Bill, GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

The Ulmer Griff designed by max bill

Max Bill, founding rector of the Ulmer HfG designed a door handle for the university building in the fifties together with the student Ernst Moeckl. The redesign, which was developed in 2012, is permitted - with the approval of the max, binia + jakob bill stiftung, Adligenswil - to bear the signature "max bill".

Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set ULMER GRIFF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - clip on technique
Isolated product image in perfect product view shows the GRIFFWERK rose set ULMER GRIFF PROF in the version mortice lock - brushed steel - screw on technique

Villa am Stein

29.11.2016

On a slightly sloping corner plot near Frankfurt am Main, a residential building was to be constructed that would allow the owner's family a maximum of privacy as well as a maximum of generous loft character. While the building remains closed to the street, an 18-metre long glass façade allows maximum transparency towards the garden. The interior of the building offers spectacular spaciousness, but also many possibilities for retreat. Room boundaries were set subtly. Room-high sliding doors separate or connect zones. Revolving doors blend almost seamlessly into the puristically bright wall surfaces. Technology is invisible. This is also true of the FRAME door fitting from GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR, which can do without rosettes thanks to its patented mechanism. Technically and formally, it completes the consistently minimalist character of the building, which is thus translated into the detailed solution.

Project

Haus von Stein, private mansion

Location

Near Frankfurt

Architecture

Philipp Architekten GmbH, Anna Philipp Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Architektin BDA, Untermünkheim

Living space

356 m²

Year of construction

2012

Design

Solid basement, ground floor: wood panel construction

Used fittings

FRAME (Design: Prof. Thomas Gerlach) GRIFFWERK DESIGN MANUFAKTUR

It could hardly be more minimalistic

GRIFFWERK presented the revolutionary simplified hardware concept FRAME, designed by Prof. Thomas Gerlach, back in 2007. The patented technology makes it possible to dispense with rosettes completely. The handle shape itself is retained.

 


Single family house, Vreden

Further elements on the ground floor are connected to the central, cubic structure. The positioning was done in tension-filled broken symmetry. The enveloping stone façade lends the building naturalness, warmth and character. It contrasts with the puristic, clear white of the interior. All doors were kept light and bright. On the upper floor they merge flush with the wall. Accentuated surfaces in anthracite mark individual areas. The peace and quiet inherent in the interiors is created by a consistent reduction to a few colours. White, anthracite and natural stone tones alternate in a harmonious relationship. Horizontal and vertical lines determine the room character. They have an ordering, simplifying and balancing effect. The right angle is the measure of all things.


The fittings also fit harmoniously into the room's design. Door handle FRAME forms a symbiosis with the door: The front surface of the fitting is kept in the colour and materiality of the door leaf. The uncompromisingly clear and very reduced carcass of this door handle reflects 'in miniature' the basic architectural understanding of the client and thus expresses consistency. The emphatically simple, almost ascetic restraint of the interiors with their balanced spatial relationships and the thoughtfully staged transitions is enlivened by an extraordinary lighting design. It creates changing room atmospheres.

Project

Single family house

Location

Vreden

Architecture

Engelshove Bau GmbH, Neuenkirchen

Photography

Henrik Schipper

Used fittings

FRAME (Design: Prof. Thomas Gerlach) GRIFFWERK GmbH

It could hardly be more minimalistic

GRIFFWERK presented the revolutionary simplified hardware concept FRAME, designed by Prof. Thomas Gerlach, back in 2007. The patented technology makes it possible to dispense with rosettes completely. The handle shape itself is retained.