The RoSana Forest House
Rosenheim, Germany, 2019 - 2021
Heidi & Sören Gutschmidt
Studio Anna Heringer & Lehm Ton Erde
Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH

In collaboration with Studio Anna Heringer, the RoSana Ayurveda guest house was designed to be the healthiest a building could be, for people and the planet. Perched amongst an alluvial forest and embraced by two arms of the Mangfall river, the architecture is defined in character and tectonics by its natural context – timber, earth, and willow. Focusing the palette of materials – favouring attributes such as breathability, regeneration, and recyclability over ease of construction or production time – drastically reduced the amount of concrete, steel, foams, and glues that compose other constructions of the same type. RoSana is a health retreat for those seeking respite from physical and mental fatigue and the architecture needed to reflect that. The structure is solid wood, there are rammed earth walls, mud plaster finishes, mineral casein floors, handcrafted ceramic tiles, and an elegant, untreated woven willow facade. This is an architecture that is grounded in nature and, in turn, naturally grounds its residents.

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