Mobile sundeck that pop out of a skylight
Mobile sundeck that pop out of a skylight © Jörg Hempel
Beach chair on the roof for taking micro holidays
Beach chair on the roof for taking micro holidays © Jörg Hempel
Micro holidays in the City
Micro holidays in the City © Jörg Hempel
Sundeck and yellow parasol
Sundeck and yellow parasol © Jörg Hempel
Movable interior
Movable interior © Jörg Hempel
Mobile bathtub
Mobile bathtub © Jörg Hempel
Circulation and hidden bathroom
Circulation and hidden bathroom © Jörg Hempel
View through the glass floor to the sky
View through the glass floor to the sky © Jörg Hempel
Roof terrace without building permit
Roof terrace without building permit © Jörg Hempel
Projectteam Gerhard Kalhöfer, David Ebel, Johannes Haucke
Client Privat
Stadt Köln
Beteiligte Lichtplanung: Silvia Quintiliani - Dinnebier Licht GmbH, Tragwerksplanung: Prof. Arne Künstler - Imagine Structure GmbH
Datum 2018
Bildrechte Jörg Hempel

Urban Beach - Roof Extension in a Center Row House

An unused attic space in a typical mid-terrace house from the 1950s was to be expanded. The settlement and the house are under monument protection. A low room height and the monument preservation requirement to allow only small-format roof openings limited the scope for design. The initial situation therefore initially promised conventional room solutions. The situation was like in Jacques Tati’s film “Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot” who was the last to arrive at his hotel on the Atlantic coast at the end of the day and only got one room under the roof - cramped, but with a view. The challenge was to compensate for the spatial and legal restrictions and to offer an open, sky-oriented space with diverse uses and intense atmospheres. The existing deficits should be viewed positively and the deficiency should create a new quality that creates associations with a vacation-like and sun-drenched place.