The Bo Pavillon, located in the heart of the Saarland, a German federal state, is the joint project of three friends. Designer Heike Schneider, architect Michel Leinenbach and visual artist Martin Steinert have combined their skills and expertise to create a building that blends architecture and art. Great importance was also attached to sustainability. The pavilion’s polygonal ground plan is as versatile as its possible uses: it serves as a holiday home for a relaxed retreat, as a location for inspiring workshops and as a place for focused work.
The pavilion is located in a garden directly adjacent to a forest and makes perfect use of the narrow site. The elongated building touches the ground only at a few points, its glass corner hovering above the slope. Inspired by Japanese architecture, the massive timber building is clad with charred wood. A light-coloured wooden sculpture—10 metres long and 4 metres high—flanks the entrance area and leads the visitor to the front door. The light shimmers through the wooden slats like through a forest of leaves.
Many windows open up the pavilion towards the green surroundings: guests can enjoy the view of nature from the sitting area in the acute-angled glass corner, from the dining area and from the bedroom. A small terrace connects the interior and exterior space. The furnishing of the rooms has been specially designed for the unusual floor plan and for multifunctional use. For example, the bedroom can also serve as a lounge area and the living room can be used for meetings.
What to do
In addition to unique industrial heritage sites, the area offers premium hiking trails and varied routes for cyclists or motorcyclists. The proximity to the French border is very noticeable in the Saarland culture. There is an above-average number of restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars. Although situated in a quiet spot at the edge of the forest in the small village of Merchweiler, the house is nevertheless located centrally. Via the nearby motorway junctions, you can reach destinations throughout the Saarland and also in Rhineland-Palatinate, Luxembourg, France and even Belgium.
Why we like this house
It is an extraordinary house that blends architecture and art. Due to its quiet location at the edge of the forest, the house is ideal for recreation or focused work.
This house is great for
Single traveller, couples, meetings, conferences, workshops
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, Saarland, Merchweiler|
|Scenery||Surrounded by a lush garden, on the edge of a forest|
|Number of guests||Max. 2 (holiday), Max. 4-5 (meeting)|
|Design||Michel Leinenbach, Martin Steinert, Heike Schneider|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), Art, Garden, Hiking, Meeting, Workation, No car needed|
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