hillside residence:

clever solution for an unusual living situation

built in the 1970s, this residence is situated on a very steep slope and features a top floor entry. the top floor is also where the bedroom is located. a separation between this bedroom and the entrance area was realised by installing a lock-like wall unit made from historic doors. the doors were gathered from various sources and painted white to create visual coherence. the astec b.520 swinging door fitting employed here is entirely invisible and does not disturb the optical appearance in any way.

this residence is situated on a very steep slope and is accessed by way of the top floor. this floor, however, was not particularly inviting and rather reminiscent of a back door entrance. the architect’s clever solution was to design an unusually arranged wall unit to catch the eye.

the wall unit comprises historic cupboard and room doors from various sources. these were painted or stained white to create an overall homogeneous picture. the division of shelves and compartments is inspired by the size of the doors and the intended use.

the large passageway door is from 1892. to harmoniously integrate this door into the wall unit, the architect needed an inconspicuous fitting. his search led him to the astec b.520. its stainless steel door hinges are embedded on the face of the door and virtually invisible, leaving the door surface un interrupted – i.e. the visual appearance of the wall unit remains undisturbed. this fitting is designed for wooden doors with offset pivot points and door leafs measuring at least 40 mm and weighing no more than 120 kg.




t. bochmann, somaa, stuttgart


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frank luger