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Home Surrounds Open Sky Courtyard Leading to Rooftop Garden

House V3 by F64 Architekten is a minimalist one storey home with secret. Shaped like a cube the house appears to be void of any interesting details, but that all changes when you go inside and are exposed to the stunning open sky courtyard complete with a terrace and garden area and as if that weren’t enough, the courtyard has a set of stairs that leads up to a donut shaped roof garden completely invisible from street level.

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Located in Kempten, Bavaria, House V3 was a large family property with a 60s style house that did not suit the owner’s contemporary lifestyle. F64 Architeckten where approached to design a new home for the property that would be flooded with natural light and was insulated with vacuum insulation for high performance energy balance.

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The final design is a concrete cube set into a large grassy area with large rectangles of windows sporadically placed within the exterior walls.

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The square footprint of House V3 made it possible to wrap all the interior rooms around a central open sky courtyard.

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While not obvious from the outside, House V3 includes a large amount of glazings, which have all been triple glazed to retain heat in the winter and keep the interior zones cool in the summer.

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The entry to the home and a garage are set into a void within the concrete shell.

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The entry void has been exacerbated with its dark tonality contrasting to the light wash on the rest of the house.

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The entry opens to a foyer with a hall on the right that leads to the social zone and a stairwell directly ahead that leads to a lower level.

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The stairwell features an elliptical cut out with a peekaboo view to the open sky courtyard beyond.

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Oak cladding in the elliptical cut out frames the peek-a-boo view.

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A short hall separates the stairwell from the courtyard.

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On the other side of the courtyard is the dining area with the living room to the left and the media room to the right.

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From every direction the courtyard is the focal point.

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The dining room is one area that has floor to ceiling glazings on both sides of it.

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The master suite and ensuite is positioned behind the home office, next to the media room. While it does not have a view of the courtyard, it does open to a private section of the garden.

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The stairs within the courtyard lead to the west facing roof garden.

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The roof garden offers a birds eye view of the neighborhood, and of the courtyard below.

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With today’s families wanting a direct connection to the outdoors while still maintaining privacy, hiding a private courtyard centrally is becoming more and more common and even homes that do not have open sky courtyards are creating the illusion of one with a faux courtyard inside the house.

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