Tradition / 80 Years DAVINCI HAUS
A REVIEW OF OVER 80 YEARS OF TIMBER CONSTRUCTION
Over 80 years of traditional timber construction – anyone who knows anything about building also understands that this means an eternity. In the precarious building industry such an anniversary has become rare and therefore is more than just a proud occasion.
DAVINCI HAUS started off, as with many custom build manufacturers, with the good old craftsmanship: In 1936 the story began when Erich Stühn and his family opened up a saw mill. His son Ulrich Stühn, together with Anton Hammes, then headed the manufacturing up until 2006.
Over the Years a Lot has happened
At the end of the 60’s a change could be seen. The first discussions with the “Planungsgruppe Stieldorf” were carried out. This consisted of a group of famous and respected architects who came together in the earlier years of the Federal Republic of Germany. The first contact had been established but it would take a while until the first Designer house would be built in Elben. Günther Hornschuh, a member of the“Planungsgruppe”, together with 4 other colleagues had looked into whether the capital city of Germany could work in Bonn. After completing these studies they opened up a new office in Stieldorf near Königswinter and started to construct housing. These houses had one thing in common: they all used a timber post + beam construction with glass and brickwork infill panels. They were also the first attempt of the designers who had studied in the Bauhaus, to create a mixture of a modern timber post + beam construction together with the Bauhaus Ideals.
The most important Date in the Company’s History
In 1981 the „Planen-Bauen-Wohnen GmbH“, forerunner of the now DAVINCI HAUS GmbH & Co.KG, was founded. At the same time the construction of the houses for PBW, produced under licence for a company in the Black Forest, commenced in Elben. The highlight of these houses where the usage of a timber post + beam construction with asymmetrical roofs, open rooms and visible construction. Such were the beginnings of the houses which are constructed today. Under the name of “Kontrasthaus” in 1983, followed by the “Systemhaus” and “Profilhaus”, further developments of the houses were carried out so that the heavy timber construction could be refined dramatically.
A main architectural objective was to reduce the somewhat heavy appearance of the timber construction. This was achieved in 1989 with the construction of the first designer house developed by the architect Brigitte Beier. In 1992 the name DAVINCI HAUS was adopted and since 1995 the company also uses this name. In 1996 an additional production was opened in Bleialf/ Eifel which today is the home of our BESTiNTERIEUR Furniture Centre. All our own furniture is produced here. Designer kitchens, fitted cupboards, units, bathroom furniture and much more – are all completely made to measure – and designed to complement the architecture of the DAVINCI houses.
DAVINCI HAUS today!
DAVINCI HAUS is a company which can be found in many of the important show house exhibitions. Individual dream houses are completed in Germany, Europe and far beyond. Year for year around 50 – 60 houses leave the factory in Elben.
Not only are privately owned dwellings are produced – office blocks, hotels, restaurants and clinics for example are also manufactured. What is important to understand is that this type of construction is not a mass produced solution. The current DAVINCI HAUS managing directors Anton Hammes and Sascha Lamberty agree emphatically “We retain our high quality and design by not cutting corners and we categorically refuse to change to mass production.” The stability over the years has remained the same – with the traditional objective of the highest quality – “Made in Germany”.