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An Unusual Jewelers House in the German Alps

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This house has a typically German approach to bold, pragmatic, clean design that connects with nature in every room.

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As you enter, the first surprise. A gigantic square in the roof brings the gigantic power of the sky right into the entry foyer.

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As entirely open and airy as the foyer, the bathrooms and the kitchen are just as connected to the sky and the landscape as the entry way.

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The client, jewelry designer Georg Spreng, had lived in Canada on a huge plot of land that inspired his respect for the might of nature and the insigificance of man – and wanted to express it.

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Here, on a southwestern slope of the German Alps, Kaestle Ocker Roeder Architects built him this very unconventional, open and airy home and studio.

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The architects knew how to playfully exploit the openness of the client to novelty.

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Conventions of living, but also architectural conventions, “how to do something,” were abandoned.

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There is an unusual use of materials, like the two storied wall of curtains.

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The curtains are made of a silvery, shiny material that was originally developed for Einklei binding of scaffolding.

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There is a playfulness to the unique bathroom where expectations and self-evident truths are “out-terfragt”.

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Dashes of sensible, pragmatic, bold color defines the clean white spaces throughout, providing the perfect foil for a jewelers studio.

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The walls are white, but color is used to comment humorously on the many practical adaptations like the jewelers chairs pushed far into the workbench.

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Color is also used to mark the transition to the sleeping rooms with a deep cobalt sided staircase.

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The plaster has a high clay content and works just like a rammed earth wall for moisture control. And as unconventional as it may be in this neighborhood, the house fits here.

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