Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

Following the current paradigm, we could live and work almost anywhere. As suspicious and romantic as this appears, we believe that the broadly debated distinction between life and work is rather fictitious. Of course we are living while working and vice versa (at least for those who enjoy what we do). When dedicated to a single cause, living becomes a routine and, eventually, a habit.The first and the third are equivalent in plan and section, but with openings at opposite ends. The intermediate chamber is exaggeratedly complex: it has a lower ceiling height, an array of fixed furniture (for sleeping, bathing or cooking), a curved screen-like wall and it is evenly extended towards independent patios in all four directions. It is precisely in that elevated domain where the intimacy of everyday life unfolds. A single spiral staircase not only articulates the transition from one spatial character to the other, but also anticipates the potential reversibility of working at home: with a shaded studio/atelier in relation to the terrain or a panoramic one in relation to the open landscape.
A well placed, proportioned, lit and ventilated room, as traditional as it might be, should be more than enough for that enjoyment, for the necessary feeling of a familiar place. Thus, our proposal implies a voluntary and bucolic return to nature, to a fairly pastoral and provincial living. The house is an asymmetrical object that stresses the friction between functional specificity and spatial vagueness. An opaque and robust piece that contains a vertical succession of chambers in three levels.