Collection by Tiffany Jow

A Strikingly Minimal Home Built in Less Than Six Months


Soaring ceilings, built-in furniture, and minimal color make this German home feel huge.

Built on a small site in the outskirts of Munich, House B provides a smart solution to the region’s public construction restrictions, which reduced the available building area to one-third its size. Robert Maier and Stefan Hanninger, co-founders of the German firm Format Elf Architekten, maximized the amount of living space in the 2,690-square-foot home by creating open, unobstructed interiors punctured with windows for constant natural light. An asymmetrical pitched roof covers a high-ceilinged lounge that gives way to bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor. An open-plan kitchen and living area occupy the ground level, where glazed windows offer sweeping views of the backyard garden. Custom built-in furniture, championing the home’s pared-down aesthetic and muted color scheme, ensures everything has a place.

Sky-high ceilings are created by a sculptural pitched roof.
Playfully protruding and recessed windows define the street-facing side of the house, maintaining privacy while...
Thanks to its timber frame and simple design, House B was built in less than six months.
In the top floor study area, a pair of Copenhague Desks by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for HAY are stationed below a Sax...
White polyurethane floors create the illusion of increased space, and add brightness and depth to the interior.
A family of Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs surround a Loop Stand High Table by HAY in the dining area.
The underside of the home’s timber floors are left exposed, creating geometric wood ceilings for the rooms below.
Custom built-in furniture takes design cues from the home’s timber frame.