Mirko Baum - House in Roetgen, 1994. From my selection for OfHouses a few years ago; my text for the project after the jump. Also via, photos © Vladimír Špaček. “Mirko Baum’s residence in Roetgen is indicative of a confrontation with an existing context. Strict constraints were imposed by the municipality, who consistently rejected the architect’s plans for not adhering to the traditional charm of the German village. As a result of this experience, Baum’s design embodies an extremely subversive relationship to its prescribed archetype, with recognizable elements abstracted in proportion, detail, and material. More provocative still is the design of the interior, which in a Semper-esque strategy counters the weighted exterior and anticipated “look” of a house with industrial metal catwalks, narrow hallways filled with doors void of any hierarchy or indication of function, and odd loft-like spaces reminiscent of submarine interiors.“
The house is shaped like a minimalist cube with a facade that’s divided into two parts, the upper portion clad in black plates and the lower section’s horizontal boards being painted in 50 shades of green. The exterior immediately sets the tone with a gradient that was inspired by the collaborative
<a href="https://design-milk.com/reset-architecture-designs-a-simple-diy-house-so-the-owners-can-build-it-themselves/reset-diy-house-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Reset-DIY-house-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Reset Architecture Designs a Simple DIY House so the Owners Can Build It Themselves" /></a> A couple in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, reached out to <a href="http://resetarchitecture.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Reset Architecture</a> after purchasing a plot of land in 2013. Their request was rather out of the ordinary in that they were requesting the firm to just design the house and to let them build it themselves. Appropriately named the <a href="http://resetarchitecture.com/portfolio/diy-house/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">DIY House</a>, the project required simple construction methods so they could do a majority of the work with little need for help from the outside. While it took them much longer than it would have had they gone the traditional route, they can take pride in the finished results.
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