Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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What do architects build when they can be their own clients?

Architect Reinhold Andris has lived in his house in southwestern Germany since 1998. Fifteen years on, the structure remains emblematic of his modernist perspective. "It’s a very open architecture," he says, noting the near-invisible steel frame and pervasive use of glass. Unlike the traditional stone houses in the neighborhood, Andris’s home feels lightweight, thanks in part to the split-level plan and spatial fluidity. "When the sun moves through the house, it creates thousands of different situations of light," he explains. "It’s still interesting to me."

Photo courtesy Reinhold Andris Office, Walddorfhäslach.

The 2,152-square-foot abode is one of the 100 houses profiled in the new book The Architect’s Home (Taschen, 2013), which also includes the residences of Arts and Crafts virtuoso Charles Rennie Mackintosh, high-modern master Alvar Aalto, and contemporary practitioner Werner Sobek. The houses represent a variety of styles, but they serve a shared purpose, as the tome quotes architectural historian Adriano Cornoldi: "Making a statement…free of anyone else’s intentions, much in the spirit of a poetic manifesto."

Diana Budds


A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at:

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