House D6 is a minimal residence located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, designed by Aretz Dürr Architektur.
The design task was to construct a low-cost and sustainable single-family dwelling in the Oberberg region, which incorporates the surrounding landscape area into the living space and creates covered outdoor spaces for the rainy summer days in the region.
In its typology, the new building follows the traditional, one-room deep longhouse. The main rooms take up the entire width and are lined up lengthwise. The ends of the house are dedicated to different functions: living area in the south, garage and storage rooms in the north. The overhang of the pitched roof is designed for both summer and winter sun stands. In summer, it protects the living space and the verandas along the length from overheating. In winter, the double glazed facade enables the solar gains to enter the living space and activate the floating cement screed as a night storage.
A steel walkway with a translucent grating connects the two independent units and leads to the common gallery in the two-storey living area. The low-material steel and wooden skeleton construction is reversibly joined at all points. The columns are positioned along the eaves at an axial distance of 5.40 metres. The main girders are screwed to the columns and serve to carry the slim-dimensioned wooden beam ceilings. The beams remain visible and create a warm atmosphere for living.