02 March 2010
Haptic are designing a series of apartments in northern Germany inspired by Backstein architecture.
‘Backsteingotik” is a specific term used for the local medieval architecture in the Baltic region of Northern Germany. The buildings of this period were built to replicate the great medieval sandstone cathedrals, using locally sourced ‘Backstein’ or ‘brick’. This building material required ingenuity in its detailing, whilst created internal volumes and compositions that were less decorative than its European counterparts.
Backstein spaces have an inherent austerity and monolithic quality, which we have reflected in the apartment buildings. These new forms are simple with a limited palette of materials; brick, tile and zinc. The interior spaces are envisaged as clear, uninterrupted, white volumes, similar to the experience of being in a Backstein cathedral.