To share a house, you should know each other very well. This is the case with Gundhild and Werner Seelbach as well as Claus Hölzer and Hans-Georg Hölzer-Wied. As part of the homestory for BORA magazine, author Martin Fraas and photographer Evelyn Dragan visited the two couples in Siegen.

  • Three men and one woman sitting together at a round dining table in a kitchen
    In convivial company (from left): Werner, Claus, Hans-Georg and Gundhild.

Gundhild, Werner, Claus and Hans-Georg have been close friends for many years. They get on so well that the decision matured to build a house together in Siegen. Work began in 2015 and the two couples have been living side by side since December 2017. Together, and yet not together. They are also connected by a detail of their kitchen equipment: Independently of each other, they have opted for BORA cooktop extractors.

The starting point for building the house was not easy. "The property is located on a steep slope," says Werner Seelbach, 67, who is an architect himself. "That is why the foundation work was very complex. Towards the street, a support was necessary by means of a broken bored pile wall."

  • Modern white staircase
  • Modern wall shelf with records
  • Detail view of a record in a turntable
  • Three shelves with decoration hang on wall above chest of drawers with coffee table books

But these teething troubles have long been forgotten. Now Gundhild and Werner Seelbach enjoy the bright rooms, which they have designed in a reserved and puristic way. "Neither of us likes overloaded rooms," says Gundhild, 57, "and we also avoided harsh contrasts. A clear but mild design language prevails." Also in the 15 square metre kitchen, which was designed by the "plan 3 Küche" team. The couple first came into contact with BORA in the company's showroom and were immediately impressed by the advantages of an extractor system without bulky hood and restricted visibility. "We have an open kitchen here," says Werner, "and this is where the advantages of the BORA Classic system come into their own. Thanks to the optimum extraction system, there are no odours in the kitchen or in the adjoining dining and living area".

"In the open kitchen the advantages of the BORA system come into their own."

Werner Seelbach

  • Older couple cooks in open kitchen with BORA extractor system
    In their 15 square metre kitchen, Gundhild and Werner regularly receive friends to cook and enjoy together... Photos: Evelyn Dragan
  • Two middle-aged men cooking in a modern kitchen with BORA extractor fan
    ... and Claus and Hans-Georg also love culinary world tours with friends. Then there are up to eight courses from different countries.

This is of particular advantage because Gundhild likes to cook tajine, a dish prepared in a stew pot made of clay, which is often left on the stove for several hours. Besides oriental cuisine, the two also love Spanish tapas. "We are happy to regularly invite friends to cook and enjoy together," reports Werner. "Many of them have become aware of the advantages of BORA through us."

Claus Hölzer, 52, and Hans-Georg Hölzer-Wied, 61, are also frequent guests at the Seelbachs. And vice versa, Claus and Hans-Georg also like to be the hosts. What do they prefer to serve and what is important to the couples when they are setting up their restaurant? You can read the whole home story in the BORA magazine 01/2019.

  • Bald man sitting on red-black armchair reading a magazine
  • Open living/dining area with round dining table, orange chairs and green USM shelf
  • Middle-aged blonde woman stands in modern kitchen and holds a cup in her hand

Read the full story of the unusual neighbours and their stylish living solution in the BORA magazine 01/2019.


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Clean, tidy, minimalist: The layout of BORA Magazine focuses on the elegance and high quality of BORA's kitchen exhaust solutions. Extensive product overviews, technical details, reports on sponsorship and brand activities, and interviews with key people at BORA offer a comprehensive insight into this premium maker of cooktop extractors. BORA Magazine is published in a total of 13 languages.