Minimalist lake house in Munich

Architect Susanne Nobis has the enviable privilege of living in this gorgeous, tranquil house in Berg by Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See), a popular southern Bavarian recreation area for the residents of the nearby city of Munich, Germany. As both the client and the designer, engineer/architect Nobis designed the home and office for her own four-member family and for her architectural practice. Nobis’s goals were to provide ample lake views, let in as much natural light as possible, to not interfere with the surrounding nature and to use materials sparingly and economically. It is a beautifully minimalist, modern take on a traditional twin wooden boathouse, popular by the lake. While the boathouses are on stilts over the water, Nobis’s house is on 60-centimeter high illuminated legs. This gives the house it’s wonderful, impermanent, hovering feel but it was in fact a necessity in this location where the ground water rises very high. This also meant that everything must fit in the space above ground — no basement or cellar possible.

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