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 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=11807>
  • Olé

    Yes please!

    • doodlepool

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

  • Cesar Castro

    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!

  • http://contemporaryartdaily.com Contemporary Art

    It’s very dramatic, I like it. I wonder how it will age, though.–

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  • http://jant.art.com modina

    i dont mind

  • sinse

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

  • Jeison

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

  • Carlo

    havent we seen enough lounge chairs and verner panton chairs?

  • http://www.nihilisten.se vision

    a true classic.

  • amelie

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

  • Frix

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

    • anavic

      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 ;)

  • Joe

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

  • cheese

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

  • Stan

    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.

    • helen

      i agree. construction images would be amazing! the surfaces are flawlessly executed

  • Met

    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.

  • RS

    Wasn’t this posted before

  • klaas jan

    very unreal! like a ufo.
    nice details!

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  • http://capree.blogspot.com CapreeK

    Wow! Calling this a ‘gorgeous home’ is an understatement! Amazing photography by Mr. Franck as well!

  • http://www.joe.com Joe

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

  • http://www.a2haus.eu ray

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

  • Philip

    Stunning, how much to build?

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  • asteriod

    what can wo learn from this??

  • Nikanor

    Дом мечты!!!


    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.

  • Ralf

    Good design, but big and void spaces is a trend?

  • Alexhe

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

    • anavic

      I guess it looks clean know, just done.