Wohnhaus Würfelform

A creative balance between living and art

A creative balance between living and art

A new residential house for an art-loving Cologne family appears almost museum-like on the street side with its orthogonal, plain cubes. Its interior not only contains airy, bright rooms with consistently designed, inviting living spaces, but also always places its focus on select works of art.

Architecture

Kröger-Daniels Architekten BDA, Cologne

http://www.kroeger-daniels.de/

Photography

Constantin Meyer

http://www.constantin-meyer.de/

Location

Cologne, Germany

Built around art.

The architectural practice of Katharina Kröger-Daniels designed the building, incorporating the artwork of a painter highly regarded by the client into the design of the rooms. This starts in the two-storey entrance area, which directs the visitor's attention directly to two expressive large formats. The architecture here ensures a clear sense of calm and establishes an appropriate – always high-quality – contrast.

Moderner Esstisch in Neubau Wohnhaus
Clear shapes, sharp contrasts: the interior effortlessly ensures a calm atmosphere. (Photo: Constantin Meyer)

Consistent order.

The large living area of 580 m2 is logically arranged and organised. For example, the fitness area in the basement is linked to the pool in the garden. The large living environment on the ground floor also links all social functions and creates a harmonious centrepiece with a consistent use of materials and shapes. A characteristic material is the vividly grained granite, which can be found everywhere in the finely arranged interiors: from the kitchen block to the fireplace wall to the bathroom.

Art meets convenience.

Despite all the severity and confident presentation of style and elegance, the quality of living is never forgotten – and is combined with contemporary sustainability. For example, the solid construction is efficiently supplied with heating and cooling by using controlled living space ventilation and underfloor heating. Smart control is provided by the Gira HomeServer, the Gira G1 and the pushbutton sensor 3, while the Gira door station and Gira Keyless are responsible for security. This establishes the ideal combination of art and convenience.

Moderner Neubau Wohnhaus von aussen
The face: closed cubes conceal bright, spacious interiors. (Photo: Constantin Meyer)
Installed Gira Products

Gira door station

Manufactured from shatterproof, UV-resistant materials, the Gira door station is the perfect finish for your outdoor area – either surface-mounted or flush-mounted. The basic equipment includes a speaker, microphone, and doorbell. By integrating a camera, you can also see who's at the door.

Gira E2

With its streamlined minimalist aesthetic, the timeless and original Gira E2 design line is the perfect complement to a range of interior styles. Choose between shatter-proof UV-resistant plastic variants in pure white matt, pure white glossy, black matt, aluminium (varnished) and anthracite, or stainless steel.

Gira socket outlets for indoors

The Gira product range offers a large variety of indoor socket outlets, including various designs and functions. Depending on your needs, the socket outlets can be freely adapted and combined. From increased contact protection to hinged covers – Gira has the right solution for your home.

Gira HomeServer

Customise each moment: with the Gira HomeServer, you can easily put complex scenarios into practice. Even garden irrigation and smart speakers can be integrated into the system. All data transmission is, of course, encrypted.

Gira pushbutton sensor 3

Controlling lighting and blinds, regulating the room temperature, or setting mood scenes including lights, blinds, and music – the Gira pushbutton sensor 3 enables you to control a multitude of functions with just one button.

Gira Keyless In

Forgot your keys? No problem: With Gira Keyless In, your home will let you in anyways. You can either use a personal code or your fingerprint. The technology is based on a secure electronic system, enabling convenient access to buildings and single rooms. Both the Gira KeylessIn keypad and the Gira Keyless In fingerprint can be installed as stand-alone devices or integrated into the Gira door communication system. Depending on your preferences, you may combine them with cover frames from the [Gira System 55](https://www.gira.com/en/en/inspirations/systems/gira-system-55) or [TX44](https://www.gira.com/en/en/products/security/outdoor-intercom-unit/gira-door-station) design lines.

Gira G1

Random switching operations for lights and blinds create the impression that someone is at home. And if you integrate the room temperature controller into the control unit, you can easily set your individual room temperature.

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