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A 1930’s Traditional Home Becomes a Modern, Open Residence

08.19.15 | By
A 1930’s Traditional Home Becomes a Modern, Open Residence

Behnisch Architekten took on the radical renovation of a 1930’s traditional home in Stuttgart, Germany and transformed it into a modern, open residence. The project involved blending the original home with a new, modern structure on the second floor which blends seamlessly.

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Originally, the house had a double-pitched roof, which Behnisch removed, along with dividing walls to give the interior a more open feel. The 2nd story facade was taken down to make way for the new exterior.

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The 2nd story looks to be like a transparent glass box with its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Sustainability was a primary concern with the renovation. To reduce the carbon footprint, they used prefabricated laminated wood and geothermal heat pumps to reduce energy usage.

They also installed triple glazed windows to keep the heat from transferring.

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A metal mesh shutter system was used on the top floor to help reduce the amount of UV rays that entered the home and to aid in regulating the temperature inside.

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A photos © David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.