At the edge of a wild nature reserve in Kleinmachnow, Germany stands the Double Cube House, a larch wood volume bearing the shape of two cubes pushed into each other to form a single unit. Carlos Zwick Architeckten took up the challenge of designing a dwelling as unique as the land it’s built on: the property sits on a terrain of small, low-lying lakes that date back to the Ice Age, and the home itself straddles the and of one such particular lake.
Framing this rare geological landscape are large glazed patio doors and windows found in every room. Zwick also installed a wraparound terrace along the length of the upper floors, bringing its dwellers even closer to nature. The airy, sunlit interiors have the makings of a wholesome family home – a hearty fireplace, warm wooden floors, bright white walls.
Composed of two units, the family takes residence in the bigger one; the smaller volume, the exposed concrete base, is kept for renters. With nature and neighbours in close proximity, Double Cube House is a unique residential complex imbued with a sense of community and history. More projects from the studio on Instagram.
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