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Architecture March, 12 2012

Alexander Brenner Architects – Oberen Berg House

This lovely home has been standing in Stuttgart, Germany since 2007. Designed by local firm, Alexander Brenner Architects, the three-story wonder is a gleaming example of how sparse modernism can be completely inviting and radiate intimate warmth. The firm says:

As you enter the house from the north-east via the two-story entrance hall, the floor-to-ceiling glazing facing southwest opens up onto the garden. One can look out over the pool in front of the house, and across the valley towards the hills opposite. In this entrance hall (as in the whole house), visitors are aware of an interplay of open and enclosed spaces stretching between transparent expanses of glass and protective walls … If necessary, the house can be divided into units of varying sizes without major constructional work being required, thus offering its occupants maximum flexibility and permitting a suitable way of living for every lifestyle and family situation. This multi-generational villa is a new and sustainable reinterpretation of the old dream of a house that can grow and shrink within the same building shell … A large-surface solar system on the roof and a geothermal heat pump complement the energy concept.

One question remains: when can we move in? (homedsgn)

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