Stavenhof
Arno Brandlhuber


Stavenhof
Arno Brandlhuber


The Stavenhof residential and studio building is located on a narrow lot in the dense historic northern part of Cologne. The area is characterized by a heterogeneous urban fabric due to the small-sized, historic parcelling and post-war construction which squeezed the neighborhood’s inner courtyards. The geometric organization of the four-unit building reacts to the 20-meter-tall firewall on the southern border of the plot, providing individual, flexible spaces oriented for optimal daylight. The different units connect to the central access core, each developing a unique volume in height and depth. On the one hand, the design of the cubic-sculptural volume results from building codes that regulate distances and setbacks; on the other hand, the varying heights and vertical separations allow each unit to have access to private rooftop gardens. Inside the units, only the bathrooms and kitchens are pre-installed as a basis for an otherwise open floor plan that can be adapted by the users ad hoc. The hybrid space of the reinforced concrete building is completely covered with grey-blue tiles, a reference to the facades of the neighboring buildings. Their near-white tone is based on the average color of the Cologne sky. These ceramic tiles were developed and produced by a Japanese manufacturer and let a certain amount of humidity pass through an otherwise sealed surface.

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