House Reisch in Bad Saulgau

The green hill in the middle of town conceals an ice cellar and a road tunnel. The clients saw an opportunity to crown the ridge of this verdant knoll with a building. The edge of the property was bordered by wild growing trees, and a clearing was made where it was possible to enjoy a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding landscape. The rest of the living green wall veils the façades of a neighbouring hospital and other humble and unassuming buildings.

The residence evolves entirely from the topography, the cardinal directions of the compass, and the panoramic view. At the end of a steep driveway, visitors reach a courtyard with entrances into the house and the garage. A brick stair along the side leads up to the main level, whose floor plan is developed along the longitudinal axis of the property. The house is wider at both ends, creating terraces that are diagonally opposite one another along the axis and which respond to their respective views.

The central living room links the two ends of the house, where bedrooms, bathrooms, and the stairway to the lower level are located. Shifted slightly in relation to the main building is a “point de vue” – a small pavilion that houses a sauna.

The lower levels of the house are built with a reinforced concrete structure and the upper level has load-bearing exterior walls made of 36.5 cm thick thermal insulating clay blocks with plaster finish and an outer facing of salvaged brick. The client valued the use of durable materials: which was one reason to use hardwood for the window frames, natural stone for the floors, and exposed concrete for the ceilings.

The house incorporates a heat pump with geothermal probes. A system of solar collectors installed on the roof is used to heat the swimming pool.

The rooms on both levels are outfitted with underfloor heating and equipped with controlled ventilation.


Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart

Site Supervision:
Schenk Architektur, Bad Saulgau

Structural Engineering:
Hangleiter Baustatik, Bad Saulgau

Building Engineering:
Ingenieurbüro Sulzer GmbH & Co. KG, Vogt


Auszeichnung Fritz-Höger-Preis 2014

Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung 2014
BDA Bodensee


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Moderne Einfamilienhäuser aus Backstein
11 | 2016
ISBN 978-3-421-04041-1

Zweischalige Wand Marketing e.V. (Hg.):
VORTEILE Das Backstein-Magazin, Ausgabe 13
10 | 2016

Philip Jodidio (Hg.):
European House.
Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia
ISBN 978-1-8647-0636-9

Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Landesverband Baden-Württemberg (Hg.):
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Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung. Hugo-Häring Landespreis
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ISBN 978-3-7828-4056-9

MARK Another Architecture
10 | 2014

Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Kreisgruppe Bodensee
„Architektur in Baden-Württemberg“ 2014


Roland Halbe, Stuttgart