The Collage holiday home illustrates the potential that an ageing house from the 1970s can offer. Situated in a holiday village in Bernau, a town in the Black Forest, the house has been transformed into a contemporary, modern holiday home. The rustic flair of a hut has given way to a clear Nordic style. Simplicity, sustainability and high quality were the criteria for the comprehensive refurbishment. The character-forming features – the large window front and the open-plan room concept – were retained, but otherwise the interiors were completely redesigned. The building was gutted and modernised in terms of energy efficiency: new insulation was installed, the windows were replaced, and the old night storage heaters disappeared. Soaped Douglas fir floorboards, walls partly rendered with clay and purist white surfaces create a natural, bright ambience.
Due to the split-level construction, the 90-square-metre living space is distributed over four levels: from the entrance level featuring a bathroom and an open kitchen with dining area, half a flight of stairs leads up to the children’s room and half a flight of stairs down to the open-plan living room. From here you have access to the terrace and the two small bedrooms. The lowest floor has a second bathroom and a cellar room. The stylish interior decoration shows that the owners run a furnishing shop in Freiburg. Whether it’s the children’s room designed like a mattress room, the bright and airy living area with fireplace and a view of nature, the cosy eat-in kitchen or the bedrooms with box-spring beds – each area is designed with loving attention to detail.
What to do
Hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing. The house is surrounded by extensive hiking trails. The village is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, and the high valley offers many hiking trails such as the Premium-Wanderweg Hochtalsteig and is also located directly at the cross-country skiing centre (with up to 60 km of FIS cross-country skiing trails) and winter hiking trails. For children: On the holiday village grounds there is a playground with its own stream; right from the house you can walk to the Magic Forest Trail. Various excursion options: Freiburg, St. Blasien, Radon-Revitalbad in Menzenschwand, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Schluchsee, Feldberg, Belchen-Bahn, Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen, Europa-Park in Rust.
Why we like this house
The conversion shows how contemporary the architecture of the 1970s can be. The open, clean design with lots of wood and glass is still attractive today.
This house is great for
Couples and families, nature lovers, outdoor sports enthusiasts
The holiday home is a joint project of Regina and Marc and their parents respectively parents-in-law Ruth and Alexander Ortlieb from Bernau. Regina and Marc founded their small, exquisite furnishing shop Collage in Freiburg in 2008. Here they sell products from Scandinavia, Japan and Austria, in addition to items produced in Alexander Ortlieb’s wood workshop. The love of beautiful things unites the entire family, and it was during a joint holiday at the North Sea that the idea was born: “We wanted to create a holiday home that inspires, that is both clear and beautiful. A place where you feel at home right away! A quiet place for having a good time.”
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Bernau im Schwarzwald|
|Name||Collage - Ferien|
|Scenery||in a small holiday complex on the outskirts of a village with 2000 inhabitants at an altitude of 900 metres|
|Number of guests||Max. 6|
|Completed||1974 / renovation 2020|
|Design||Regina, Marc, Ruth and Alexander Ortlieb, Bernau|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Mountains, Skiing|
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