Casa Morgana by J.MAYER.H

To distill and continue the archaic and brutalist aesthetic from the time of the building’s original emergence

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Casa Morgana is somewhere else. Surrounded by neighboring homes dating from the late nineteenth century, the building is like a study for possible future architecture and seems to have fallen out of context. Surrounding nature simulates a subtropical oasis and locates the residential sculpture between optical disturbance and atmospheric displacement.

▼住宅外观,exterior view


The three-story building consists formally of several differently sized cubes placed at staggered levels on top of one another, connected by a central stairway. The existing building from 1972 and its annexes from 1991 were reduced to their shells and then retaken with targeted interventions: not as a cosmetic make-over, but as a location that distils and continues the archaic and brutalist aesthetic from the time of the building’s original emergence.

▼入口空间台地,the terraced entrance area



The cubature of the building was focused upon with architectural additions of exposed concrete and the partial removal of ceilings and walls. Staggered floors and different room heights create vertical links and manifold sequences of rooms. The cubic house creates a large residential landscape in its reduced, furnished interior. Separating elements between the individual areas are formed as poché rooms and take up different functions.

▼室内流线,interior circulation


The mirrored walls reflect the exposed concrete, the terrazzo installations appear like cuts through the concrete walls and expose the inner structure of the material. The roughly improved already existing concrete walls also create a hybrid of reduction and projection.

▼镜面墙壁反射出裸露的混凝土,the mirrored walls reflect the exposed concrete


▼从走廊望向厨房,view to the kitchen from the corridor


▼室内细部,interior detailed view

▼灯光和自然光,artificial and natural light

▼户外楼梯,the outdoor stair

▼户外元素细部,outdoor element detail

建筑的临街立面和侧立面较为封闭,避免了周围的视线干扰。唯有朝向花园的一侧为室内引入满眼的葱郁。宽阔的玻璃旋转门使整个起居室敞开于种满竹子、棕榈树和蘑菇的绿洲。这座独特的花园是艺术家Tita Giese特别为该项目设计。

Towards the street and the side plots, the building seems closed and avoids neighborly proximity. It is only towards the garden that it turns its monochromatic interior toward the lush greenery. The large glass pivoting doors opens the entire living area into an oasis of bamboo, tree trunks, palms and mushrooms designed by the artist Tita Giese.

▼临街立面较为封闭, the building seems closed towards the street

▼起居室向花园敞开,the living area opens into an oasis

▼玻璃旋转门,the glass pivoting doors

▼户外休闲空间,outdoor seating area

▼户外景观,outdoor landscape


▼夜间视角,garden view by night

Project: Casa.Morgana
Location: Northern Germany
Client: private
Partner in charge: J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten mbB Hans Schneider, Jürgen Mayer H.
J.MAYER.H-Team: Fabrizio Silvano, Han Bi, Huang Guanxi
Cooperation Partner: Michael Hartmann Architekten BDA
Facade Engineer: Knippers Helbig, Berlin
Plantation: Tita Giese
Photographer: David Franck and J.MAYER.H und Partner, Architekten mbB
Construction: 2016 – 2019
Completion: 2019

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