Project: Villa Schatzlmayr
Architect: Philipp Architekten
Location: Passau, Germany
Photo by: Jose Campos
Villa Schatzlmayr by Philipp Architekten
Philipp Architekten has designed a luxurious one-story dwelling that is coated in bright white, in contrast to the many greenery around it. Villa Schatzlmayr is located in the city of Passau, Germany, on a slope overlooking the meadows and part of the river Danube. One of the main objectives of this design is to focus on the nature and view of the house.
Sloping slopes with views of open grasslands, the Danube River, and seemingly endless sky – and the property is a real gem. What a perfect place for a special home. Clients – middle-aged couples – fulfill their lifelong dreams here. They want a spacious and simple house, where nature, scenery and seasons play a major role.
Villa Schatzlmayr is a three-part ensemble with a total of 760 m2 of useful and living space, which opens into a landscape with unbroken floor-to-ceiling glass. Towards the road, the purist façade is deliberately reduced ensuring architectural contrast and privacy. The center is the living room which is designed like a lounge with an open kitchen, dining room, and the next fireplace room. From there, the glass bridge branched out to the sleeping section with the main bedroom, the main bathroom with a freestanding bathtub, dressing room and fitness room. From the outside, the volume cut provides a brief view of private homes as far as an infinity pool. This part extends to buildings and fuses in the park visually with the horizon and Danube.
A two-story cube with a sloping roof and separate entrance marks the couple’s creative area: he is a fashion designer who works in his office and above it is his office which is marked by beautiful views and furthermore, the cube also houses two guest apartments . Between the house and studio is the main entrance of the villa. Attached to the second glass bridge of this building is a closed, protected open space that can be accessed directly from the kitchen and dining room. From the first sunshine in spring and deep into the Bavarian Indian summer, the boundaries between inside and outside merge, so nature takes up space and shapes the atmosphere of the villa with its season. The beginning of the terrace with a pergola extends to almost the entire length of the building around 46 m.
In accordance with the white purist exterior, the interior is also reduced and timeless: several natural colors and high-quality materials such as sandstone stone floors, walnut furniture, and Cocgnac-colored leather sofas give rooms structure, character and warmth. The kitchen is just right, plain white with some dark gray details. A chandelier on the dining table gives a funny accent.
Behind the narrow wall, smooth wooden slides hide the main entrance, changing rooms, sliding doors to the workshop and access to underground parking and basements: the underground level compensates for the elevation between the road and the sloping plot so that the villa appears as one floor. Downstairs, next to a technical and utility room, is an underground parking lot with several parking spaces. The owner is a fast car and motorcycle collector. Here, where the unique landscape with the season is no longer dominant, the concept of color that is deliberately made with a contrasting color with the design of the building that is not limited by time is a surprise: warm orange and a strong pink color relaxes the atmosphere.
This cheerfulness, intelligence, and irony can also be found in the two-story guest toilet with ceiling lights, which are all pink. The first visitors have been reported missing because they were so overwhelmed when they entered a “quiet place” that they wanted to share with the world their experiences through social media.
Overall, Villa Schatzlmayr is a specially crafted architecture that fully aims to offer a large stage nature: a glass front mounted throughout the length of the ensemble opens living space to the environment and sky: depending on the season and time of day the host is provided with a play of light and color that is dramatic and sometimes dramatic, which in their own words, they can never get enough.