The Backyard Building is located in the backyard of yet another backyard in the centre of Aachen’s mediaeval city. The proposal for two houses here adds another layer of privacy to this setting.
The houses overlook a new private space within the second backyard. The facade is animated by external shutters that can be rolled down to provide shading and privacy. External staircases provide alternative means of escape and double up as balconies.
The positioning and dimension of external windows is echoed in the interior of the two houses, increasing transparency and creating a sense of continuity throughout the different spaces.