Topoi Engelsbrand - House Phanta Rhei
Swiftly and with every shower
There’s change along the valley’s rim,
Alas, in the selfsame river
A second time you cannot swim.
Permanence in Change, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (To Heraklit)
2 Houses with landscape gardens in the Black Forest.
On a 92 are big estate on the northern rim of the Black Forest two residential houses and a pool came into being within a landscape garden. On the exposed topography located on a slight slope, different topologies are explored. The inhabited and uninhabited buildings, gardens of different sizes provide the ground for the quest of classical and unknown geometric topologies. The calm search for the „quinta essentia“ of an elegant classical form leads from the tetrahedron to the artificial landscape. A classical form which does not deny its revolutionary roots and formulates a poetic science.
Phase One > Existing House ‘Phanta Rhei’
The existing house was reconstructed, extended and cut in two. By leading a run through its middle, the house was opened to the landscape.
Architect: Office for Architecture Stocker, Germany
Location: Engelsbrand, Black Forest Germany
Contractor: Karl Köhler GmbH
Project Area: 9800 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Thomas Drexel, Germany