For Graft Architects, ‘Villa M’ in Berlin was a chance to rethink the traditional typology of a private house. The structure resembles more of a boulder than a human home as we have come to know it. Its glacial appearance is achieved by cladding the façade with ceramic plates. It sits in a sea of green, strategically placed to establish visual connections with the landscape. This asymmetrical appearance is reflected in the interiors where flowing transitions between the rooms create a sense of openness.
Throughout the Graft-designed home, this naturalistic impression of living inside a rock is reinforced by the use of travertine stone floors in the many rooms and winding passageways. A side from the kitchen and living room, there are two additional rooms on the ground floor, a master bedroom on the upper floor as well as a large corridor, terrace and four more rooms. The unique layout offers great variety and openness for future renovations. The floors are separated off into self containing apartments where each resident can have their say on the design.
The various floors can be accessed via the outer staircase. For this project the architects chose materials based on their durability and recyclability, as well as their ability to insulate and hold heat. To continue with the naturalistic theme, the heating and cooling is provided by a geothermal system making the design more thoughtfully integrated into the landscape. Also don’t forget to check our collection of 15 creative and modern wooden houses.