The exposed concrete building defies the floods. Have you ever regretted choosing black exposed concrete?
Stephan Gottinger: At first, we were worried that it might look too dark and oppressive. The concrete even looked like tar when we first poured it. But as the walls gradually took shape, everything came together.
Martin Hermann: Once we had an idea of how high the ceilings would be, all our doubts disappeared. Although the walls are black, the rooms have a refreshing feel.
How does the light influence this effect?
Martin Hermann: The dark concrete actually has a warm colour, which the lighting really brings out. It makes the raw material shine and creates a cosy ambience. The warm interior light also reinforces this sense of being protected.
What role does lighting play in your life in your new house?
Stephan Gottinger: It's really important, especially in the evening and at night. We can easily angle the spotlights and adjust the light settings to suit the mood.
Martin Hermann: We don't just turn the lights on and off in our house, we create different lighting scenes. Whether we're relaxing on the sofa or cooking for friends, we are very conscious of how we use light.