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Brand Brandlhuber

In a charming and picturesque German town, one architect has fashioned himself a modern and minimalist home that’s causing a stir.


Right in the middle of a former border zone stands architect Arno Brandlhuber’s 5 500-square-foot grey concrete Antivilla, over-looking the Krampnitz Lake near Potsdam city in Germany. In the 1980s, the building was initially a government-run underwear factory. Now, Brandlhuber uses it as his design studio and home.


To save costs and provide insulation, the façade was covered in shortcrete. But perhaps its most striking features are the oddly shaped windows that appear to just stare out into the distance. In an attempt to give his home a better view of the lake, Brandlhuber and a friend carved out the windows with a sledgehammer and then turned them into functional windows by glueing the glass on the inside.


‘‘I liked that the shape was made by the group and not the individual,’’ he explains to the New York Times. ‘‘In architecture, the creative process is typically finished with the final drawing. Then you just execute it.’’


Inside, a steep concrete stairway takes you to the upper floor where Brandlhuber knocked down walls and removed doors to create an open-plan living space that includes a bathroom (the only room with a door), kitchen and sauna. Below, he rents the space to a sculptor.


Brandlhuber works as both an architect and urban planner. He founded his architectural practice, Brandlhuber+, in 2006 and has been included in several architectural biennales. He has published and lectured widely. He is known for his love of the ‘ugly’ and minimalistic taste, of which his home is typical. Nonetheless, the design world awaits Brandlhuber’s next interesting project…

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