The Lake House_DE

Surrounded by water and pine trees on a small peninsula in western Berlin, The Lake House is a mixed use building that can host events, meetings, sport activities, workshops, and therapy.

Towards the water, the building has the appearance of six pitched roofed boathouses that match the scale of the existing buildings along the lakeshore. Every house gable has its own unique profile revealing the various activities that can take place simultaneously inside the building. Wooden columns in the glass façade mirror the slim and slightly tilted tree trunks of the surrounding pine trees. The six roofs with various pitches overlap into a single building volume, creating a silhouette which provides a spectacular entry point to the complex.

The buildings interlocking houses have individual functions and can be used separately. Starting from the south, the first house contains guest apartments on two levels with views and access to the surrounding nature.

The next house contains the kitchen and dining room that functions as the building’s heart and social center.

The generous ceiling height deliberately conflicts with the domestic scale of the kitchen, creating a compelling spatial dynamic and experience.

The kitchen opens eastward with a terrace warmed up by the morning sun protected from the wind by the buildings corner. To the west, the room frames the view of the lake and an old beech tree in the foreground.

The central house is the tallest and most striking. It contains a large hall for exhibitions, sport and gatherings. Flexible furniture and wall elements facilitate the various events. A suspended fireplace in front of the panoramic view provides the perfect spot to end the day as the sun sets over the lake. An extension of the kitchen house interlocks with the hall as a house inside a house. The space under the internal roof can be divided by sliding doors for smaller gatherings.

The next house is dedicated to wellness. It is orientated further towards northwest and sunset in the summer period. The sauna offers a unique view to nature and a proximity to the water. On the upper level a secluded meditation room gives privacy and a serene atmosphere nestled under the pitched roof.

The fifth house is oriented toward neutral daylight from the north and contains studios and for therapy.

The final house facing the entrance of the property is an apartment for the groundskeeper, overlooking the lake and the edge of the forest along the water.

The building is constructed from prefabricated wood elements. All interior surfaces are made of a pinewood treated with natural oil to unite the building to with the haptic qualities and scent of the surrounding forest. Ceramic tiles are used on the closed facades and the roof as a continuation of the earthy soil of the lakeshore.

Trees that were removed from the site were used to create a series of custom made furniture throughout the building.

Location
Berlin
Completion
2021
Size
556 m2
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