Challenge begot creativity in Fabian Evers Architecture and Wezel Architektur's unique design for House Unimog, a beautiful and efficient home in Germany. Sited next to a heavily trafficked road and surrounded by residential buildings and farmhouses, the residential project is comprised of living quarters stacked on top of a spacious garage that houses the client's Mercedes Unimog truck. Constrained by a “very tight” budget, the cost-effective structure and material palette adopts a farmhouse aesthetic with a contemporary twist.
Located near Tübingen, Germany, House Unimog is sited on a small plot of land adjacent to a busy road and surrounded by multistory residential and rural buildings. To minimize the building footprint, the architects stacked the living spaces on top of the Unimog garage and took advantage of the living rooms’ elevated height to orient views away from the street and out towards the landscape. In contrast to the ridged and semitransparent garage below, the upper level and roof is clad in black corrugated siding.
On the side of the house, a staircase leads up to a south-facing loggia that offers uninterrupted views of the landscape. Inside, glass doors open up to a living room, bathroom and bedroom lined with oriented strand board. Carefully positioned square windows outlined in black filter in natural light and frame views of the surrounding neighborhood. Below, the garage conceals the Unimog truck behind translucent polycarbonate walls that help transform the space into a glowing light box at night.
Images via Fabian Evers Architecture