It is a frame house that reveals itself as a place of retreat in the manageable context of the rural settlement in Lidental, Germany. House Lindetal is designed by AFF Architekten and completed in 2016. This 172 m2 house is formed from a concrete base while the supporting structure is designed as a wooden frame made of Douglas fir.
This house positions itself with a traditional bridge while the project develops its identity from the building typology of the low German hall house with shaped rural northern Germany since the 17th century. The design of this house is an appeal to rusticity and also fitted into the old trees of the former village inn. The largest and central room is the two-story living hall with sacred atmosphere results from the interplay of light.
Formed from a concrete base, the building goes up from the floor slab into wall and stair elements, dividing it into two different connected areas. A wooden framework is a supporting structure, made of pine with a ring of thresholds and joined in careful carpentry-like joinery with iron-free wood connections. This way is done according to strict craftsmanship rules.
This house is also formed from local building materials as a radical consequence of the abandonment of panel materials from the woodworking industry, and these materials come from the surrounding sawmills. The ensemble of the temporary production facility is completed by the wood storage and a joinery area while the obsessive designing and building with wood enable high-quality construction.
The house building appears like a barn from the outside than a residential house while its homogeneity looks like monochrome graphite. This house also developed from what already exists and fits into the former gap in the area of the village. The supporting structure is designed as a wooden frame ane the choice of this material means that there is no chemical wood protection.
For the entire house construction, all timber is obtained from two local sawmills and it is tied processed on-site. 55 m3 is the total use of the wood from Douglas fir, oak, larch, pine, and ash fell in winter for this project. The bitumen roof and outer casing are rear-ventilated while all wood in the outdoor area reveals the gate and is also protected with graphite linseed oil paint.
House Lindetal Gallery
Photographer: Hans-Christian Schink