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Raw Concrete House

This house is called UF (unfinished) house and was built by SoHo Architektur in Bavaria. This is a concrete house with an unfinished facade and a cantilevered upper floor – all the materials used for the project have been left in their raw state.

The house and the associated garage are spread over three levels, including a basement, and are centrally located on the property. The upper level of the house is cantilevered over the ground floor and is supported by a pointed V-shaped steel beam. Below, a wall of sliding glass doors opens onto a terrace. The outer and inner walls are made of uncoated concrete with a smooth surface.

In the house, wood accents create a warm contrast to the
. Wooden shelves in the library on the ground floor also serve as partition walls that expand the studio to cover a concrete wall of the living space nearby. The decision to use a limited range of materials was also made to support traditional artisans, who are declining in numbers in the country. The district’s strict building regulations also shaped the design. The UF house was in a neighborhood with single-family houses and was limited to a height of two floors and a circumference of three meters to the adjacent houses.

Three large square windows on the first floor penetrate the concrete facade, which is lined with the same light gray steel as the support beam. The living space at the back of the house acts as the central core. A large strip of glazing on the north facade brings light into the double-height room, where wood frames the opening to contrast the concrete.

The studio designed gardens surrounding the residence, each with a different quality. An open garden is located near the entrance in front of the garage, while there are more intimate outdoor areas on the northwest side of the house. Rectangular concrete gutters, influenced by Japanese gardens, hold potted plants and small trees.

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