The exposed concrete walls defy the floods. Have you ever regretted choosing black concrete?
Stephan Gottinger: At first, we thought the black concrete might look too dark and oppressive. When the concrete was poured, it looked like tar to start with. But as the walls were gradually finished, it all came together.
Martin Hermann: At that point we could already see how high the ceilings would be – by then we had no more doubts. Although the walls are black, the rooms have a liberating feel.
What influence does the light have on this effect?
Martin Hermann: The dark concrete actually has a warm color, which the lighting really brings out. It makes the raw material shine and creates a cosy atmosphere. The warm interior light also reinforces this atmosphere of being protected.
What role does light play in your life in the new house?
Stephan Gottinger: It plays a very important role, especially in the evenings and at night. As we can position the spotlights flexibly and use different settings for the light, we can always generate a new ambience.
Martin Hermann: In our home, we don’t just switch the light on or off – we create different light scenarios. Whether we are sitting on the sofa or cooking for our guests, we use light very consciously.