A Tale of Two Houses

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When Ulrich Fleischmann approached architect Maki Kuwayama, of Unit A Architecture in Stuttgart, Germany, to design a home and office space, he was looking for a deal. Fleischmann wanted two houses for the price of one.

His needs as half of the advertising agency Fleischmann & Kirsch meant much of his time was spent in front of a computer and could be done from a home office. Ever the demanding client, Fleischmann and company needed a solution that was both flexible and open for the working and private areas, but could also serve as a forum for entertaining clients and casual meetings.

Kuwayama, with fellow architect Joachim Käppeler, decided the best approach was 
to create an adaptable design that could 
be divided into two separate “houses” (as 
they became known). The office house can 
be shuttered from the living/private portion 
by closing a movable wall system, with an upstairs bedroom and bathroom where clients can stay overnight.

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