House Heidehof

House Heidehof, Stuttgart, Germany, Alexander Brenner Architects
Project year: 2008
Address: Heidehofstr. 42, STUTTGART, Germany
Latitude/Longitude: 48.776112717200434,9.199256780725218


The almost triangular shape of this plot with its long street front and an impressive plane tree worthy of protection at the rear necessitated an elongated building running parallel to the road. The expansive, wood-clad garage wall, the layers of garden and pool walls in front of the house and the compact white cube, rising weightlessly above “zebra stripes”, shield the building from the public space on the northeast side.

The entrance level on the ground floor is reached via a small courtyard and a flight of stairs. From this point, the pool in front of the house can be seen on the left. The pool area is not visible from the roadside. The early morning sunlight falling on this water surface is reflected and enters the living area through a window strip at floor level. In the dark, the illuminated pool appears like an abstract picture when viewed from the interior.

The bright entrance hall, which is characterised by a frameless glazing stretching across two storeys, faces onto the garden and the old plane tree. All living spaces – the living area with the dining space and kitchen on the ground floor, as well as the bedrooms, bathrooms and  roof garden on the upper floor – offer views of this imposing tree. On the upper floor, a copper-clad unit stretching along the whole of the solid north wall accommodates all objects and functions to be stored. This element forms the backbone of the upper storey.

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