Essen / Allemagne / 2015
The Brucker-Holt District in Essen was constructed in its present form n the 1960s. On the clearing formerly used for agriculture, flat, sedate villas were constructed on extensive properties in those days and were characterised by one conspicuous feature: they all have generous front gardens without any encircling hedges or fences. Only later, the more than head-high evergreen hedges and fence systems were added.
The Bredeney House with its generous driveway in an open, semi-public front garden, however, takes reference from the partly still existing 1960s houses. A separation from the public space is only achieved by the level of the house itself.
As regards its modesty, the large, lying building is to a greater extent also oriented by earlier buildings in this quarter. It rather sees itself as a manifesto against the much too extensive arbitrariness of today’s »villa architecture«. The house would like to be a sedate and timeless urban component, which appears in full sunshine as well as under the moon’s blue clarity as if it has always been there.
The interior programme of the residence follows the wishes expressed by the residents and naturally rests on the existing topography. A hall connects the 4-metre high ground level accommodating the kitchen, the dining and living areas to the wing with private rooms. The parents’ area is located half a storey above the living level, whereas the children’s realm and the guestrooms are situated half a level in the opposite direction.
All occupied rooms open up towards the garden via their inner corner, which is in the eastern section crossed by an oblong terrace. A simple cubic garden pavilion with transparent sides facing the house and the garden acts as a terminus of the terrace and adds an architectural corner point to the outdoor area.
ALEXANDER BRENNER | PROFILE SHORT
The atelier of Alexander Brenner Architects was established in 1990 in Stuttgart, Germany. The atelier focuses on Villas and residential houses, art galleries and private art collections. The common ground for all projects is an integrated planning, which combines as well the building as the interior design, the elaboration of furnishings and fittings, the lighting design and all other specialist planning from one hand. This way all spatial issues are considered in such a way that a holistic structure can emerge that is thoroughly designed down to the smallest detail. Alexander Brenner works received numerous honors and awards and haven been widely published in Germany and abroad. 2011 the book “Alexander Brenner – Houses”, Callwey was published – a comprehensive compilation of villas and residential buildings by the architect 2013 the book “Alexander Brenner – Portfolio”, Jovis was published with a range of different projects from the oeuvre. In December 2015 the book „Alexander Brenner – Villas and Houses 2010-2015“, Callwey, was published with the freshest villas and residential houses from the last years.
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