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House Elvesgarden by Stephan Maria Lang Architects

House Elvesgarden by Stephan Maria Lang Architects

Office Name: Stephan Maria Lang Architects
Social Media Accounts: Instagram: Stephan Maria Lang architects
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Firm Location: Winterstarße 4, 81543 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Completion Year: 01.2020
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 830 m2
Project Location: Munich
Building Function: Residential

Lead Architects: Stephan Maria Lang
Photo Credits: Sebastian Kolm

It was more than an aesthetic exercise. It is a spiritual retreat, a place to cleanse body and soul. The key issue is an architecture deeply connected with nature, developed and set in context to the native forest like landscape. Any architecture needs to be deeply bound to nature and the change of light.


The Elves Home with the dark indoor pool was built for a young widow for her physical and spiritual well-being. The project is an attempt to create something powerful without being loud. A sensitive place that renders tranquillity and offers various perspectives to the surrounding nature at all seasons.

It is all about light and the countless approaches to its counterpart: the shadow. Large glass openings to the west and east terraces connect to the garden, vertical openings to the south let direct sunlight in the depth of the room. Green light filtered by large trees is reflected by the shiny bronze plastered fireplace and the glossy painted ceilings. The play of shadows is absorbed at the inner grass wallpaper covered walls and the dark toned oak floor.

The natural materials in warm and dark tones absorb the sunlight like a forest. The atmosphere is influenced by the Japanese culture of semi dark shadowed rooms, where the colours seem damped and the glow comes from within. A world where darkness is full of warmth and profound colourfulness.