A wonderful renovation job on this 1960s Wolfgang Doring modernist house in Langst-Kierst, Germany.
Never heard of Langst-Kierst? Me neither. From what I can work out, it’s a small town or village, with a population of around 1,000 and located near to Dusseldorf, which is in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
As for the house, that’s the work of a noted architect of both the area and the era in the 1960s, with this listed design dating back to 1967. Over 50 years on and the house is still an impressive example of the architect’s work.
That isn’t by accident. The house was extensively renovated between 2013 and 2014 by the current owners, who are moving on and looking to share their work with a new owner. Fancy a move to Germany? Having seen this house, I think I do.
The design of the house has been maintained, with its elongated flat roof and exposed brickwork, as well as the open-plan layout. The design is also ‘closed’ to the street with a continuous wall and skylights, but is heavily glazed to the garden size.
Fans of concrete might appreciate the high ceilings too, which have a concrete finish that’s very ‘now’. Was it like that originally? I really don’t know, but they work well with the existing design and with brutalism so popular, they only add to the appeal.
As I said, a renovation, which looks to be a case of updating the fixtures and fittings rather than altering the house. So new kitchen units, new windows, possibly new flooring, new bathrooms and so on. A modern-day house with bags of original 1960s character.
As for the layout, a ‘bright’ entrance area leads into the ‘spacious’ living/dining room with that modern white kitchen and adjoining utility room following on from it.
A corridor leads to two bedrooms overlooking the ‘spacious’, private garden, the further along the guest bathroom, bathroom and another bedroom.
All rooms have anthracite-coloured tiles and underfloor heating and impress ‘handcrafted’ concrete lighting elements.
If that’s not enough space for you, a courtyard leads to the garage with adjoining equipment shed and studio. Beyond that is an open garden pavilion.
Finally, the garden, which has a ‘decades grown’ tree and shrub stock its own groundwater well, all of which is secluded, courtesy of a limestone wall.
A very hip living space and on the market for £864,000.
Images and details courtesy of Engel and Volkers. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.