SCHÖNER WOHNEN house MONO

Wouldn't it be ideal if your home could be adapted to your changing living circumstances? A home which is just as suitable for a couple as a growing family or even multiple generations? The SCHÖNER WOHNEN HOUSE MONO does exactly that. The trick: by using a square floor plan and flexible partition walls, large spaces of equal usefulness are created which can be individually configured and converted for different uses.

The concept is totally new, and is a response to new trends and challenges faced by modern house building. Our innate desire for our own individual space and our "my home is my castle" attitude is making new homes ever bigger, more complex and consequently more expensive. But many families looking to build their own home are calling for affordable options which leave them scope to address different needs. The rising cost of building land in attractive residential areas is also driving smaller, more affordable concepts. So expensive is easy!

This prompted SCHÖNER WOHNEN and SchwörerHaus to get together to develop a house which
is contemporary, fits easily on a small plot with minimum clearance from the neighbours and is just as suitable for a couple without children as a family with three children while also offering barrier-free living. The MONO house can do it all!

Photograph: Christian Burmester

Film about MONO

Variants

The building envelope is "one", offering a feeling of safety, privacy and protection. The facade and roof merge into a single unit. The minimal appearance of the facade is the characteristic design feature of the SCHÖNER WOHNEN HOUSE MONO, making it instantly recognizable. "Because only a building of substance will endure", according to Johannes Schwörer.

MONO one

  • 35 degree pitched roof
  • Living area appr. 128 square metres
  • Fresh air heating
  • White PVC windows
  • Plastered white in the factory
  • Almost-finished version*

MONO two

  • 20 degree pitched roof
  • Living area appr. 132 square metres
  • First floor extended to gable height
  • Fresh air heating
  • Electrical underfloor heating
  • Anthracite/white PVC windows
  • Plastered white on site
  • Almost-finished version*

MONO three

  • 20 degree pitched roof
  • Living area appr. 132 square metres
  • First floor extended to gable height
  • Underfloor heating with heat pump
  • Anthracite/white PVC windows
  • Timber louvred cladding
  • Almost-finished version*

* from upper edge of ground floor slab; floor level patio door (195 cm wide) in PVC with roller blinds; bathrooms complete with sanitaryware, walls tiled, without floor tiles; without painting and decorating, without panelling, floors, internal doors and kitchen

Floor plan

The very well organized square floor plan allows the rooms to be assigned different functions over the course of the house's life. Because it only has two supporting walls, the gable end can be rotated in any direction. The house remains as it is but is still able to fulfil wide-ranging needs. The minimized structure and sparing use of windows may appear slightly unusual at first glance, but they have been very carefully considered. Also to ensure an affordable price. The house offers maximum protection of the private sphere and sufficient floor space, the windows are positioned for optimum lighting and to create an ideal outlook axis. A trendsetting concept which is attracting a lot of attention while setting a new benchmark and representing a view of the future.

The settler concept 21

From the outside, the image of the house can scarcely change, as the only variation possible is in the pitched roof and facade. However, inside the flexibility is enormous. The floor plan concept harks back to the settlers houses of the 1930s. A central arrangement of the load bearing structure means that a neutral floor plan is created with large spaces of equal usefulness. This makes the SCHÖNER WOHNEN house MONO ideal for every phase of life. With its living area on the first floor, "the living room" becomes the family's private retreat. The generously dimensioned kitchen dining area on the ground floor is designed, by contrast, for socializing and entertaining. The advantage is that an additional large room can be created on the ground floor which can be used to care for elderly relatives, to house a young family member or function as a home office.

[Translate to English:] Illustration: SoHoArchitektur, Memmingen

MONO awarded room air certificate

Values measured for the SCHÖNER WOHNEN house 'MONO' are much lower than the target requirements for the room air certificate awarded by the Sentinel Haus Institute governing total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and formaldehyde. This also means that the recommendations of the German Federal Environmental Agency and the World Health Organisation are easily met. The show house in Mannheim, Germany was tested after it was completely built and furnished.

Handing over the certificate to Johannes Schwörer, Peter Bachmann, managing director of the Sentinel Haus Institute, emphasised SchwörerHaus's leading role in healthy living: "From checks on individual building materials through to checks on the completed house, we assess all construction products that affect room air for their impact on health. We feel that SchwörerHaus takes particular care of the health of the house builders and everyone using their homes and buildings." In particular, children older people and people with impaired health rely on good room air, he continued.

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