Dupli Casa by J. MAYER H. Architects

published in: Architecture By Costas Voyatzis, 06 October 2008

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© Photographer David Franck

Dupli.Casa - House near Ludwigsburg, Germany by J. MAYER H. Architects

The geometry of the building is based on the footprint of the house that previously was located on the site. Originally built in 1984 and with many extensions and modifications since then, the new building echoes the „family archaeology“ by duplication and rotation. Lifted up, it creates a semi-public space on ground level between two layers of discretion. The skin of the villa performs a sophisticated connection between inside and outside and offers spectacular views onto the old town of Marbach and the German national literature archive on the other side of the Neckar valley.

Jürgen Mayer H. is founder and principal of this crossdisciplinairy studio. He studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and at Princeton Universtiy. His work was published and exhibited worldwide and is part of international collections like the MoMA New York and SF MoMA. His work was awarded with numerous prizes, i.e. the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award 2003 Emerging Architect and Winner Holcim Awards 2005 Bronze Europe for Metropol Parasol. Jürgen Mayer H. tought at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London and is currently teaching at Columbia University in New York.

Below you will see  what J. MAYER H. Architects did to the house of the picture above! What a change!!!!!

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

© Photographer David Franck

Dupli.Casa - House near Ludwigsburg, Germany
J. MAYER H. Architects
Project Architects: Georg Schmidthals, Thorsten Blatter
Team: Juergen Mayer H., Simon Takasaki, Andre Santer, Sebastian Finckh
Project: 2005-2007
Completion: 2008
Client: Private
Architect on Site: AB Wiesler, Stuttgart
Structural Engineer: Dieter Kubasch, Ditzingen und IB Rainer Klein, Sachsenheim
Service Engineers: IB Hans Wagner, Filderstadt
Building Physics: IB Dr. Schaecke und Bayer, Waiblingen-Hegnach
Landscape Architects: Büro Klaus Wiederkehr, Nürtingen
Function: Private House, near Ludwigsburg, Germany
Site area: 6900 m2
Building area: 569 m2
Total floor area: 1190 m2
Number of floors: 3
Height of the building: 12,20 m
Structure: Ferroconcrete, brick, roof: timber
Principal exterior material: aerated concrete with plaster, glass
Principal interior material: wood panelling, plaster, parquet flooring
Designing period: 02/05 – 06/08
Construction period: 02/06 – 08/08
Photographer: David Franck

sources:

J.Mayer.H , Core77

  • friend
    Urban Angel | 2008-10-07 12:58:42

    Hmmm... Empty no? i see no house here, i see exposition hall.... So Cold interior, where are the kitchen, bathroom, and else? Damn cold...

  • friend
    streetmission | 2008-10-08 00:54:07

    yes, so empty and cold. If only had more furniture, more decoration, a touch of colour. I love the luminosity of the place and the shapes, but this is extremaly minimalist. Not my style

  • friend
    ANDRE A. VASCONCELOS BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE | 2008-10-08 18:47:35

    this comments (below/above) just shows how most people today aren't ready for real architecture, they don't seem to envision or understand the concepts of a new way of life, ...less emotion and more reason seems to be the case for Mayer's approach in this design. however commom people can't relate to that quite yet. I do believe that architecture shouldn't make us feel more or less about world, instead architecture shouldn't be in our way in this decision, humans should not be influenced by "constructed" spaces, they should be less vulnerable of exterior influences and more certain of interior influences. EVERYBODY IN THIS SMALL PLANET WOULD GAIN FROM THIS FUNDAMENTAL ASPECT OF HUMAN NATURE. WHITE IS THE BEGINING TO ALL!

  • friend
    Optical | 2008-10-09 22:10:59

    Definitely it's a beautiful concept, and yet at the same time the whole idea of it being a 'splash' of white material, not blending with the natural surroundings gives one pause. Like something that at any moment can blast off out into the sky.

  • friend
    Pierre | 2008-10-10 06:46:51

    Oh wow this is stunning! Futuristic, clean, strong lines - what's not to love!

  • friend
    deco | 2008-10-10 21:10:12

    when I first saw this I thought is a 3D rendering. it seems it's very real and I very like it.

  • friend
    jmar | 2008-10-13 22:05:38

    I agree Pierre.....hopefully one day I am able to design such a beauty.

  • friend
    ingrid burgos | 2008-10-14 06:11:16

    No me gusta. Esta fellita

  • friend
    la rata marcelina | 2008-10-15 12:15:20

    where are the toys, the mess, the half eaten yoghourt on the table, the newspaper wrapped on the floor? is that a home, not even a house? is it a museum, a gallery, a motherfucker? aaah, but it is all so pretty so white sooo NAZI please, architect in charge: humans are much more complex than 'that' you constructed.

  • friend
    Franklin | 2008-10-18 15:12:22

    I would love to live in this house! The flow of space just inspires so many possibilities for personalizing and living...

  • friend
    Antonio | 2008-11-24 19:07:06

    This is an iPod of a house...

  • friend
    katha | 2008-11-26 21:54:40

    This is the most beautiful piece of architecture that I have seen for a long time. It is a strong and clean design, but at the same time it has a certain softness to it. Almost makes me want to cry...Amazing! How can one not love it?!

  • friend
    Khalil Rafie | 2008-12-28 21:58:11

    unique building,beautiful.please may i have the name and address of the architect.

  • friend
    Jerome | 2008-12-31 12:17:00

    How much does it cost? I wanna you built a house like this instead of my in LA

  • friend
    Graphic | 2009-02-23 16:44:36

    This house is absolutely gorgeous. I love the strong bold white. Great use of window positioning too. If I had any gripes, it's that it contrasts a bit too sharply with the environment. There's no transition anywhere. The contrast is so sharp, in fact, that it made me believe that the outdoor photos were renderings at first.

  • friend
    san-chan | 2009-04-09 10:06:59

    clearly.. by the comments i've read below... there is so many people out ther that talks about stuf does not know!!! this house is much more than a simple house!!! is a master piece... and the reason it's almost empty it's for show the spaces it has!! this is the future.. people are changing and some are trying to hang to the past. it's a shame not everybody can see what this house means... i would love to live in there... invites to create and to feel free... WHAT A LOVELY HOUSE!!!

  • friend
    Ken Ulrich | 2009-05-18 16:39:24

    this building definetly is a masterpiece of architectural design – this is visionary, this is beautyful, this art. I totally admire visionary modernism in all fields of architecture and design. but i am not sure about this building really leaving room for projection for personal evolvement, - actually, it does not leave anny space for its own evolvement. and that is what life all is about, development and evolvement. this building is so perfect and stylish and glamourous – it doesnt tolerate anything else but itself. it is so rigid, maybe you could say dead... For sure, in the beginning, it would be a so most inspiring time living in it. but after awhile it could change to a lonely prison. still, what a masterpiece of architecture...

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