Nobis House - Minimalist Boathouse Residence Near Munich, Germany source
Susanne Nobis has the enviable privilege of living in this gorgeous, tranquil house in Berg by Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See), a popular southern Bavarian recreation area for the residents of the nearby city of Munich. As both the client and the designer, engineer/architect Nobis designed the home and office for her own four-member family and for her architectural practice. It is a beautifully minimalist, modern take on a traditional twin wooden boathouse, popular by the lake. While the boathouses are on stilts over the water, Nobis’s house is on 60-centimeter high illuminated legs. This gives the house its wonderful, impermanent, hovering feel but it was in fact a necessity in this location where the ground water rises very high. This also meant that everything must fit in the space above ground — no basement or cellar possible. The structure, mainly of wood and glass, includes two separate but connected houses. House one includes living, eating and cooking functions on the ground floor, and the “gallery” above it. In the second house, two offices and guest room are on the ground floor, bedrooms and bathrooms above it.
Nobis’s goals were to provide ample views of the lake, to let as much natural light in as possible and to not interfere with the surrounding nature or old trees. She also wanted to use materials sparingly and economically, and to reduce everything to its essential beauty, purpose and function. Shelving and stairs of metal and wood, open storage, minimal furniture — all give the house its clarity and lightness. The structure is long and narrow, but thanks to the use of glass and wooden slats, it appears almost transparent.
Nobis says that in essence, the house is nothing more than a shelter from the climate, a space where one can move as freely as possible. We envyingly agree. - Tuija Seipell.
A Modern Minimalist Dream House source This minimalist white home is indeed a reflection of clean, pure and serene environment, but what makes it luxurious are the materials and technology with which each edifice is constructed. Apparently, splashes of abstract color sparsely strewn here and there are enough to satisfy a modern palette. The clean-lined architecture and simple landscape at this residence was designed by German company C18 Architekten who stayed true to their country’s architectural heart. Some people may consider this home a bit too sterile, but minimalism is definitely an acquired taste-one that appreciates the proper balance between simplicity and eccentricity. With what appears to be a rock garden adorning the poolside, one better hope the homeowner sports one heck of a floral-printed swimsuit! To live in a minimalist’s paradise…