Dupli Casa / J. Mayer H. Architects

Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
Location: Ludwigsburg,
Project Architects: Georg Schmidthals, Thorsten Blatter
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Simon Takasaki, Andre Santer, Sebastian Finckh
Project Year: 2005-2008
Site Area: 6,900 sq
Constructed Area: 569 sq
Architect on site: AB Wiesler, Stuttgart
Structural Engineers: Dieter Kubasch, Ditzingen und IB Rainer Klein, Sachsenheim
Service Engineers: IB Hans Wagner, Filderstadt
Landscape Architects: Büro Klaus Wiederkehr, Nürtingen
Photographs: David Franck


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.

Cite: "Dupli Casa / J. Mayer H. Architects" 26 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=11807>

41 comments

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      Is this the house of the future in Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’. Where have you put the orgasmatron?

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    I had a funny feeling about this house: I wasn’t sure if the images were renders or real pictures. Seems as if the designer exagerate the artificial condition of the project throught the shapes and finishings.

    Substance imitating the virtuality? I don’t know, but I like it!

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    You have to give them credit though. This is one of those projects that, against all odds, it ended up looking good.

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    Agree on wondering about how it´s going to age. In fact, I wonder if this design won´t be dated soon…

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    Niemeyer did that better 30 years ago / Vintage-futur is so boring, so accademic as a new opus of postmodern / a

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    amélie, j’ignore qui de toi ou du vintage-futur est le plus chiant; une chose est sure, tu as de quoi te défendre.

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      What if you answer to this person in her language? I’m spanish, but as far as I understand English, I can write it as well ;)

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    Somebody’s Mommy didn’t let her son play enough in the sandbox with the other kids when he was growing up.

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    so is this thing built?
    i can never tell as there are never any people shown or any indication of it being renderings. ..

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    We all love this eyecandy and these are some better photographs or more view than I have seen on other blogs. This is the first time I have been able to see certain things that make me sure this is not just a great 3d rendering. Still this is a triumph of surface treatment and detail. It would be a fascinating story to see construction process photos and details. It would further the cause of architecture. I doubt we will ever see such depth of reporting – even in Arch Record. It is a shame we focus on image and just image.

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    Looks more like a museum to me. Even interior renders shows that house features some excellent exhibition spaces.

    How many people live in this structure? What kind of users are they? What about sustainability? If everyone would live in a houses like this, where would we be? We have chance here to see many successfull realisations of this kind (“exclusive”) of housing, but this is not one of them.

    Sublimed, great structure, great form, great spaces, wrong function.

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    These are renderings. The interior shots are nice, but the exterior renderings aren’t that impressive, except for maybe the grass.

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    One or two shots are really impressive. the rest is ok, but the forms are very nice, little bit like paris in the 1980…

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    These are not renderings, I won’t believe it! Beautiful spaces, and there is nothing wrong with looking at image…the question is how does the image make you feel. Cause in the end if you are standing there, you could care less what the process was, because you will see that same thing and feel that same thing. It’s an incredible piece, built or not.

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    what kind of material did they use for exterior wall, it looks so white and clean, and how to maintain?

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    These are NOT renderings, anyone can see that.
    Amazing project. I’ve shown this to many people and without exception the first word out of everyone’s mouth has been, “Wow,”

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    This house is inspiring to look at, BUT I dont know if I would like to live in it myself .. I feel I would get bored very quickly. Also, for such a dynamic formal language I was expecting the plan to be less rigid. Turned out to be a very regular home for me… with some tuning around the edges..

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