Haus am See

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Residential
  • Company/Firm
    Carlos Zwick Architekten BDA
  • Lead Designer
    Carlos Zwick
  • Architect
    Carlos Zwick Architekten BDA
  • Const. Company
    M.A.T.O Tragkonstruktionen GmbH
  • Photo Credit
    José Campos
  • Location
  • Client
    Claudia Kensy, Carlos Zwick
  • Project Date
  • Project Link

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a modern tree house on stilts was built on the historic lake property in Potsdam. Ancient trees, the water and nature preserved terraces determined the concept. Today the wooden house stands on 40 diagonal steel posts, with 10 individual foundations touching the imperial terraces in a respectful way.
The house integrates unobtrusively into the crowns of the age-old 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. In the living areas, too, the architect has succeeded in creating closeness to the nature thanks to huge wooden sliding windows. Swans and herons do their rounds here at eye level with the residents. A long olive wood table stands in the middle of the spacious dining-living room, with fireplace and kitchen-isle. Large contemporary paintings hang on the walls. Some of which created by the architect´s partner in the in-house studio. Working and living - the house on the lake offers space for both.