The Commanalities of Plan and Form in Thomas Herzog's Private House in Regensburg

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The Private House in Regensburg was built in 1979, is Thomas Herzog’s own home; one can declare that he is the client and designer himself thus fulfilling his own needs or desires for the site itself, is referred to as ‘his Wohnhaus in Regensberg (1979), with its steep, ground-sweeping pitched roof, is content to get its summer shading from the tree canopy above’. (Rattenbury, et al., 2004)

Throughout this essay I will analyse Thomas Herzog’s House at Regensburg explaining the commonalities of plan and form, also looking at different themes and principles behind different aspects of the house. Also looking at how the houses are syncing in with the environment, in comparison to two other houses during the twentieth century.

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Herzog’s first low-energy house, is the vice versa of having the characteristics of traditional culture/customs or being constructed in a plain and simple fashion. Thus creating a new invention, a design made from logic owing itself to science rather than to emotion. The house at Regensburg has the ‘pure prism form and rational plan that make it seem machine like’, (Davies, C. 2006) whilst using wood that is seen as non-typical Modernist material. The appearance loses the traditional house design and implements that it is an extruded form of a triangle, linking to the hypotenuse of a triangle, reaching right down to the ground. It was designed to appear as if the house is unwarranted (groundless) or the vice versa of it being forced up through the ground.

Energy principles were a relatively new idea in the 1970s where Herzog implemented the use of the triangular shape of the house that is designed to collect free solar energy, which is later used to heat the house. Herzog used ‘environmental responsive architecture’ to integrate energy saving features into the home. Also many architects would argue that the principles of creating a house like this uses the principles of a ‘Lean 2 shed’, where it creates D.I.Y aesthetics.

Linking to the idea of conservatories being around since Victorian times, but this was always an addition to the ’conventional house’. Herzog merged the two together by creating a two-storey house with a

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