Office for Architecture Stocker designed two houses, one existing and one new, in Engelsbrand, Black Forest, Germany, with a pool within a landscaped garden.
The new house, an exact hexahedron, is approached with essential simplicity, made of exposed concrete and an interior that plays with voids, low and two story ceilings on a fluid space with a restrained palette of materials, tones and furnishings.
Description from Office for Architecture Stocker:
Phase One > Existing 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)
Phase Three >>> Philosophical Landscape Garden
Gushes and gleams for you out of the earth,
As, with shuddering long, you
Hurl yourself down to the flames of the Etna.
Empedokles by Friedrich Hölderlin