Max Ernst House
Project Status: Preliminary design 2009
Client: Max Ernst Foundation / LVR
Team: smo architektur + Arup
Locatin: Brühl, Germany
Area: 380 m2
Costs: 1.500.000 €
We were inspired by the work and person of Max Ernst, and translated the frottage technique that he invented to architecture. We developed a building block (module) from the geometric primitive of a pyramid, which can be added or „cloned“ in any order, forming roof as well as facade. This fabric is the bearing structure, sculptural, light-transmissive and acoustically effective.
The design concept is based on the interplay of old and new, inside and outside, and above all looks for a dialogue with Max Ernst. The presented architecture creates unconventional spaces of movement and concentration, which inspire the childrens’ phantasy and playfully complement the potentials of the site. The required program is arranged reasonably, and connected functionally in a manner that creates a maximum of synergy and a minimum of disturbance.