Haus am See

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
Ancient trees, water and nature preserved terraces determine the architectural concept. The project stands on 40 diagonal steel posts, with 10 individual foundations touching the terraces in a respectful way.
With its facade made of vertical, narrow larch wood slats, the structure becomes a modern tree house. It integrates unobtrusively into the crowns of the age-old oaks, chestnuts and linden trees. Even the large maple that stood in the way of the house was left untouched and is now growing tall, right in the middle of the living room.
The loggia stretches across the entire width of the house. 8 meters above the water level, as though it´s floating above the lake. Large wooden sliding windows connect the exterior and interior spaces. A long olive wood table stands in the middle of the spacious dining-living room, with fireplace and kitchen-isle. The perfect synthesis between architecture and nature – the house by the lake succeeds in it.

Potsdam, Germany

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Applicant and author of the project
Carlos Zwick Architekten BDA.
Carlos Zwick  studied architecture at the Hochschule München after having successfully completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter. From 1986 till 1991 he taught Design and Construction at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 1989 he founded his own architecture studio, where he now leads an international team of architects, engineers and designers. In the last 30 years he has successfully completed numerous projects and continuously been awarded for his work.

Other participants
House owner: Claudia Kensy and Carlos Zwick
Construction company: M.A.T.O GmbH
Text: Claudia Kensy
Photographs: José Campos