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Copper Villa, Luebeck, Germany

Chris Hodson

Conceived as a modern villa, this apartment building in Luebeck, northern Germany, is an example of a design informed by local planning constraints – influencing its positioning, proportions and even roof pitches. The pre-patinated copper superstructure above a solid brick base and a creative use of fenestration belie the linear plan forms of the three apartments stacked within. KBNK Architekten describe their design.

A Fresh Interpretation of the Surrounding Buildings

The site of the JWS 2b building in the St. Gertrud quarter, not far from the historic city centre, offers a prime location with exceptional views to the river Wankenitz. Our design is a cubic form and a fresh interpretation of the surrounding buildings. Sloping, gabled roofs, a clear differentiation between ground and first floor and a limited selection of high quality materials underline the villa character of the building.

Enhancing Sustainability

The ground floor facades, terrace, garage entrance (serviced by a vehicle lift) and garden walls are all united by a homogeneous brick texture. The upper two floors use a copper-clad, lightweight timber construction, enhancing sustainability. Private outdoor areas are clearly differentiated from open semi-public space such as the main entry and garden to the north of the site.

The building is completely committed to the principles of sustainability. By using optimized day-lighting, controlled ventilation and established technologies, environmental emissions and costs have been kept to a minimum.

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Building

Owner: 
Privat
Completion date: 
2013
Country: 
Germany
Zip code: 
23566
City: 
Lübeck
Street: 
Jürgen-Wullenwever-Str. 2b
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
KBNK Architekten

Copper contractors

Title: 
Bauklempnerei Clemens Neumeister jun.
Address & description: 
Copper Product: TECU® Patina

Awards

Season: 
2015

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