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Klarer Fall: Das Glashaus von Sigurd Larsen

The future of sustainable living is not to be found in high-tech mega-cities somewhere in the desert or in densely packed metropolises. But in the heart of the Uckermark, north of Berlin. Sounds good and looks even better, because "Das Glashaus" by Sigurd Larsen is holistically conceived. Naturally. And best of all: you can rent it.

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    Marko Knab
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Many people believe that ecological architecture, sustainability and simultaneous well-being are rather contradictory. Ask Danish architect Sigurd Larsen, however, and he would probably answer that it is the only possible way - and that all three aspects belong together. His manifesto made habitable: the glass house. Its classically progressive floor plan is dominated by a curved wall of unrendered sand-lime brick, which creates privacy towards the street, but overall dictates a traditional house form with clear lines.

All rooms look out onto the open landscape to the west of the site and have access to the large covered terrace. The staircase and kitchen unit are in naturally finished wood and set into solid sandstone walls that form the main living space.

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These details are programmatic for the architectural signature seen here: ingeniously simple and simply ingenious. Everything in connection with the natural, open and clearly visible.

The wooden structures of the roof also follow this maxim: they give the building its name and form a kind of winter garden on the first floor. Its clear glazing allows an unobstructed view to the west side, while the eastern side of the roof in frosted polycarbonate provides privacy. A proverbial open space, suitable for a wide variety of activities: Vegetable growing, a studio for creative work or simply a place to enjoy the view and daylight despite the changing weather.

A bathtub and a bed can transform the space into a spectacular room in spring and autumn; in the warm seasons, the house seems to enclose the entire garden. Indoor and outdoor spaces grow together through the many openings and floor-to-ceiling windows in wooden frames. In winter, the compact, insulated house becomes a small, cosy place from which one can observe the landscape and the changing weather through the panorama windows.

Credit: Volker Conradus
Credit: Volker Conradus
"I learned that architecture doesn't have to be serious and can be fun."
Sigurd Larsen in »AW«

The Glaushaus was designed by Sigurd Larsen, a Danish architect based in Berlin. The Master's graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen has been designing and building houses, hotels and public schools in Denmark, Germany, Austria, France, Greece and New York with his studio since 2010. Since 2016, he has been a professor at the Berlin International University of Applied Sciences. His speciality: completely rethought or reworked living spaces, the conscious use of natural materials - and the deliberate exploration of affordable living space. You could also say: sustainably impressive architecture.


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The house is perfect for up to four people. Stays of at least three nights preferred, pets are not allowed. Make your own booking request here:

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