Glamour on the wine route


In an open working process, an impressive project was created in the southern part of Rhineland-Palatinate in regional cooperation: In the process, architect Hans-Peter Hertel relied entirely on the qualities of joint development. The outstanding result is a customised building envelope with a striking, elongated appearance.

View from above on the right, slats on the front façade, enclosed entrance area

The art of transformation

In the small historic town of Landau in der Pfalz, in the middle of the southern wine region, there is a detached house with a special façade. The existing structure from the 60ies, originally equipped with a pitched roof, was rebuilt 10 to 12 years ago and received a flat roof. Now, the aim was to create a new character effect once again with a structural redesign of the house: Hans-Peter Hertel realised the image change into the contemporary with a progressively accentuated PREFA façade. “While its cubature makes it blend in with its surrounding area, the building stands out from the other houses in terms of style,” says the Landau-based architect.

Back view, wooden terrace below, bronze-coloured façade front, covered terrace on the first floor with metal railing

Need-oriented planning

“Every object, every spatial concept comes into being in a synergy with the client in an interesting field of tension,” reveals Hans-Peter Hertel regarding his approach to the planning processes. For him, the diversity that is created as a result is what distinguishes his architecture. The team of five at Hertel’s office is mainly active in the commercial, reconstruction, listed building and conversion sectors. The design is based on the occupants’ needs or the respective industrial use. In line with the principle of “form follows function”? “No – that isn’t formalism,” Hans-Peter Hertel clarifies.

Street view, garage with bronze-coloured façade on the left, stone façade below, bronze-coloured aluminium façade with slats inside above

A poject with family tradition

The owner of the house runs a large business with a long family tradition. The architectural office Hertel, founded in 1949, has already known the entrepreneurial family for three generations. “The cooperation between the building owner and the master locksmith Matthias Rolli from Speyer worked very well,” says Hans-Peter Hertel with satisfaction. A great deal of knowledge and experience went into the perfectly realised and client-oriented result. “Thanks to the modern planning software, it was easy to involve the family. A digital 3D visualisation helped with the choice of colour for the façade, for example,” says sheet metal worker Matthias Rolli about the planning steps they took together.

[Translate to english:] Architect Hans-Peter Hertel, sitting on the sofa, Tablet and pen in hand, looking into the camera

Designing also always means discarding.

Hans-Peter Hertel

Detached house in Landau - details



Object, location:

detached house, Landau in der Pfalz




Hans-Peter Hertel


Rolli Metallbau


PREFABOND aluminium composite panel



Further information

  • Interview: Mara Probst and Anneliese Heinisch
  • Text: Mara Probst
  • Photos: © Croce & Wir
  • Construction site photo: © Matthias Rolli