This Waterfront House Was Built On 40 Steel Posts To Respect The River And Surrounding Trees

This Waterfront House Was Built On 40 Steel Posts To Respect The River And Surrounding Trees

Carlos Zwick Architekten has designed a house in Potsdam, Germany, that replaced two timber-framed houses that once stood in disrepair and were close to collapsing.

A modern house on poles has an exterior of vertical larch slats.

The new house, which was designed to not disrupt the riverfront or the surrounding trees, stands on 10 individual foundations and 40 diagonal posts, raising it up from the edge of the river.

A modern house on poles has an exterior of vertical larch slats.

The exterior of the home is clad in vertical narrow larch slats, which complements the surrounding natural landscape.

A modern house on poles has an exterior of vertical larch slats.
A modern house on poles has an exterior of vertical larch slats.

Upon arrival at the home, you can see how the raised up design allows for cars and bikes to be parked underneath.

A modern house on poles has an exterior of vertical larch slats.

Stepping inside, we see the living room features minimal furniture, however, the artwork adds an abundance of color to the room. A large sliding wood-framed glass door opens to the balcony and allows for views of the river, and a linear fireplace keeps the room warm on a cool night.

A modern living room with large and colorful artwork.
A modern living room with large and colorful artwork.
A modern linear fireplace with a mustard colored surround.

In the dining room, there’s an extra-long table with a minimalist horizontal pendant light above and a wall of white cabinetry. Similar to the living room, there’s another sliding glass door.

A modern dining room with an oversized wood table, matching minimalist pendant light, and colorful artwork.
A modern dining room with an oversized wood table, matching minimalist pendant light, and colorful artwork.

Behind the dining room is the kitchen, with a simple white island and dark countertop.

An open plan kitchen with a white island and dark countertop.

Other living spaces include a TV room that has a recessed television hidden from view behind a sliding wall.

This modern TV room has a recessed television hidden from view behind a sliding wall.

There’s also a music room with white walls filled with artwork.

A modern home with a music room.

The home also includes an art studio with views of the trees.

A modern art studio with floor-to-ceiling windows.

A hallway with wood floors is home to a pair of dog beds, and leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

A modern hallway with wood floors and a pair of dog beds.

The bedrooms are simple in their design, with wood bed frames and natural light.

A modern bedroom with light green walls, wood flooring, and wood bed frame.
A modern bedroom with wood floors, a wood bed frame and side tables.

In one of the bathrooms, there’s a floating white vanity and a freestanding white bathtub.

A modern bathroom with a white vanity.
A white bathroom with a freestanding bathtub.
Photography by José Campos | Architect: Carlos Zwick Architekten BDA
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