Frontal view of a beautiful villa featuring two floors, surrounded by lush greenery. In the front, a green lawn extends, while a wall of tall pine trees serves as a backdrop. A tall modern sculpture by Kaws is prominently placed in front of the house. The grand living room, situated in the middle of the house's volume, opens onto an expansive outdoor terrace adorned with premium Minotti furniture, offering a luxurious and inviting space for relaxation.

Haus am Flusswald

The exclusive architecture of a waterfront luxury villa


Our task was to create an exceptional primary residence for a family, situated in a stunning location within a tranquil pine forest alongside the riverbank. The vision for this project is to craft a contemporary and minimalistic house, employing natural finishing materials that harmonize with the surrounding environment.

Munich, Germany
350 m²
In Progress
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape design
Storm Architects
Interior designer
Storm Architects
Landscape architect
Design team
Oleksii Ananiev, Andrii Nikiforov
Structural engineer
Ligtning desing
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View on the modern villa from the distance. River and a boat in the foreground.
Angle view on the house from the private sand beach.
Elevated view at the entrance side of the property. Two car open parking is covered with the canopy, which houses green terrace.


The architectural vision for this extraordinary residence is centered around a captivating design narrative. The concept takes shape with two large volumes linked by a light and transparent living room space. These distinctive blocks are further divided horizontally by an expansive canopy that not only imparts a captivating visual profile but also serves practical purposes. Beyond its striking silhouette, the canopy provides shading and protection from precipitation at the ground level, while establishing an immersive connection with nature for the upper-level bedrooms and acting as an additional privacy screen.

The house features an extensive use of glazing, creating a harmonious flow between the interior and exterior. On the ground level, the window openings are smaller and set deeper into the walls, emphasizing a sense of solidity. In contrast, the upper floor incorporates larger windows positioned closer to the outer plane of the facade. This deliberate contrast accentuates the concept of the lower floor being more substantial and robust, while the upper floor exudes a lighter and more open atmosphere.

0 Ground floor plan


A key consideration in the design was to ensure ample natural daylight reaches all spaces while maintaining privacy. The house is oriented in parallel to the river, allowing bedrooms and main areas to enjoy direct views of the water.

The building incorporates two prominent visual axes that penetrate through the house. These axes are easily discernible within the house due to the presence of windows at each end. The longitudinal axis is defined by functional corridors on each floor, providing access to all the main functional zones in the house. These corridors are characterized by their length and relatively narrow width. Transverse axis cuts through the middle of the house, offering a wider expanse and extending two stories in height. This space houses grand living room, flooding it with the daylight and offering captivating views.

This sequence with the contrast of long and narrow spaces intersection with the wide and height spaces is the unique feature of the house and provides enthralling experience for the residents.

Front garden of the property. Covered with the grass and separate pine trees.
Corner view of the home. Dense coniferous forest contrasts with the sunny lawn in front of the house.
Front house elevation picture during bright sunny day.
Main outdoor terrace with Minotti outdoor furniture, sofas and armchairs.
View on the house from the other side. Architecture concept volumes clearly readable.
Sunken seating with soft cushions and fireplace in front of the villa.
Side view on the front garden of the house. All the functional outside zones are visible.
View from the sunken seating area toward the river. Boss yacht is sailing in the background.


The main volume of the house is strategically positioned towards the rear of the expansive lot, effectively dividing the property into several distinct zones. These zones offer a range of sizes, concepts, and functions, providing residents with diverse and versatile spaces for various activities.

The front garden predominantly features an open lawn adorned with solitary trees, seamlessly transitioning towards a sandy beach and the adjacent river. This area offers unobstructed views from the house and encompasses separate entertainment areas, including an infinity-edge pool, a firepit, a pier, and a spacious main terrace. The rear garden, nestled within a cozy and intimate setting, is surrounded by towering trees. It serves as a perfect retreat for solitude or a delightful spot for family lunches in the comforting shade. With the driveway and service entrance on the left side of the house, and a dense forested area featuring diverse trees and shrubs on the right side, these zones seamlessly transition and interconnect.

Rear facade of the house with the living room visible behind the glass. Sunny weather.
Same rear facade in overcast weather and cold feeling.
Rear facade in the evening. Interior living room light penetrates the garden and creates charming atmosphere.
Outdoor dining table with chairs in the middle of back yard.
Orange knitted swings in the rear garden. Surrounded by modern architecture house.


The selection of materials in this house follows a cohesive concept combining elegance and functionality. The ground floor is adorned with basalt panels, skillfully joined at the corners to evoke a sense of solidity and monolithic presence. In contrast, the upper floor features vertical planks made of thermo ash, emphasizing the lightness and elegance of the upper level. Both levels employ an irregular pattern with additional horizontal divisions, accentuating the height and form of the house. This exquisite material selection extends seamlessly into the interior, creating a cohesive and captivating atmosphere.

For the canopy, steel was chosen to showcase its inherent strength and robustness. Finished in a matte anthracite paint, the steel canopy maintains a consistent visual presence throughout the house's interior.

The floors, terraces, and detached areas including the enchanting pool and firepit are finished with gorgeous light travertine, a material that not only offers a pleasing tactile experience but also remains comfortably cool under direct sunlight.

 Green pavement leads to the villa's entrance canopy with two Mercedes under it.
Infinity edge pool finish with travertine. Modern high-end house is in the background.
Infinity edge pool ostensibly passes into the river. Comfortable sun loungers with the shower in front of the pool.
Primary bedroom outdoor terrace with premium furniture. Only greenery and river are visible behind transparent glass railing.
Master bedroom suite with the corner window and louvres.
Modern luxurious villa. Heavy stone finish of the lower floor contrasts with the warm wooden finish of the upper floor.


Beyond its visually striking simplicity and generous use of glass, this house embodies a commitment to sustainability in various aspects. Beyond the conventional insulation, heating and cooling efficiency, our approach extends to environmental preservation and biodiversity.

During the design process, we took great care to preserve as many existing trees on the property as possible, replanting any that needed to be relocated. All plant selections were native to the region, fostering biodiversity and preserving the natural ecosystem.

To enhance sustainability further, the project incorporates green roofs and canopy. These features not only provide visual comfort for residents but also offer environmental benefits. They contribute to biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife, while also serving as effective rainwater collection systems. The captured water is used for irrigation, reducing reliance on external sources. Moreover, during heavy rainfall, the roofs and surrounding ground act as temporary storage, gradually releasing water into the rainwater sewage system to prevent overflow and minimize strain on local drainage infrastructure.

View from the water to the villa in the evening. Water is black, but house is lit.
View from the beach at the house at the dusk. House lights are on, while the surroundings are dark.
Close view of the front facade. Accent on interior and exterior lighting as well as beautiful sculpture in front of the house.
Primary outdoor terrace connected to the living room at the dusk. Warm artificial light contrasts with dark cold surroundings.
Corner view at the house in the evening with the sunken seating is on foreground.
Overview of the grounds in front of the villa. River at the left transitions to the sand beach and to the grass valley.

Lighting scenarios

The thoughtful illumination of this house ensures it is visually striking both during the day and at night. The facade lighting is carefully designed to create an ambient glow that accentuates the architectural elements and materials. On both the lower and upper levels, linear floor lights are positioned to cast upward light, emphasizing the volume of the house and showcasing the intricate details of its materials. The canopy is visually distinguished with the use of cove lighting, which gracefully extends into the interior.

To preserve the natural ambiance and avoid light pollution, areas of the grounds that are not the primary focus remain softly lit or intentionally unlit. However, the flexibility of portable lamps allows for personalized comfort and convenience in specific areas when desired.

Rear garden catching las sun rays. Front garden and river can be through the glass wall of the living room.
Dining table in the evening. Big outdoor table supplemented with soft Minotti chairs.
View of the rear garden located between elegant walls of the house and a forest.
Entrance zone of the will with a basalt stone walls of the ground floor and black metal canopy above it.
Side view of the residence in the evening with infinity edge pool in the foreground and the lit house behind.
Beautiful architecture of the villa with the focus on green canopy.
Master bedroom with the extensive terrace on the upper floor. Common family areas on the ground floor. Kaws art sculpture in the front of the home.

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