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A Tale of Two Houses

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.

A view toward the garden from the living room (right) gives perspective to the double-height space.

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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I have to say, this place feels utterly cold and unwelcoming. As to the bookcase in the living room, how does one get to the top shelves, if there is no ladder? Do they have antigravity devices hidden away somewhere?
I feel that sometimes minimalism gets pushed to the extreme, and this is an example of why some people hate it; it's not warm and welcoming like a "home" should be. The office space portion of this is great for its function, but the rest makes me feel like I'm in prison.

Does anyone actually live here? It looks cold and lifeless, looking at this kitchen makes me want to run away and find some nature!

I love it. No clutter, just clean simple lines. but Gray is my favorite color. And concrete my favorite material. I also love negative space. so check check and check.

Fantastic. Imagine the powerful contrast between humans and the realities of our coloring - be it our flesh and hair, our clothing, our accessories - set against this rigorously controlled backdrop. A celebration of color, without any color at all.

Cold indeed. Perhaps with different materials this could work out, but even in the bedroom there only looked to be a chair in the window with no sign that a person ever existed in this environment.

Fantastic, I love it... so cool and clean, just being home would make me feel like life was easier! I also love grey and white, and being Australian, architecture like this is perfectly suited to the temperature and surrounds... the light and the views would be amazing!

This is a great home, it is a peice of art as opposed to an average home that most own. I hope soon I will be able to use this great inspiration in my life. I also agree that the concrete is an excelent material.

How do you get the books and media material off of the top shelves in the living room? Drone?  As impressive looking as it is, it would make me crazy knowing I would have to scale a wall to get movie down.