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July 27, 2015
Soaring ceilings, built-in furniture, and minimal color make this German home feel huge.
Pitched roof of the House B in Munich

Sky-high ceilings are created by a sculptural pitched roof. Its uneven angles are the result of the required setback distances from surrounding roads and houses. 

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Protruding and recessed windows in the facade of House B in Munich

Playfully protruding and recessed windows define the street-facing side of the house, maintaining privacy while ushering in sunlight. A series of large glazed windows face the backyard garden.

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Exterior and facade of House B in Munich

Thanks to its timber frame and simple design, House B was built in less than six months.

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Top floor study in House B in Munich

In the top floor study area, a pair of Copenhague Desks by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for HAY are stationed below a Sax hanging light by Vertigo Bird. 

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White polyurethane floors in House B in Munich

White polyurethane floors create the illusion of increased space, and add brightness and depth to the interior

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Dining area and kitchen in House B in Munich

A family of Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs surround a Loop Stand High Table by HAY in the dining area. Aplomb suspension lamps by Foscarini, a Smeg stove, and an oblong Cut vase by Studio Minotti for Bosa adhere to the home’s black and white color palette. 

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Living room in House B in Munich

The underside of the home’s timber floors are left exposed, creating geometric wood ceilings for the rooms below. FRdesign’s pared-down Mass sofa maintains a quiet presence in the living area

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Built-in furniture in the House B in Munich

Custom built-in furniture takes design cues from the home’s timber frame. The staircase and all built-in storage objects are made of wood. Two black wood units separate the stairwell from the living room and kitchen. 

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Pitched roof of the House B in Munich

Sky-high ceilings are created by a sculptural pitched roof. Its uneven angles are the result of the required setback distances from surrounding roads and houses. 

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House B

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. 

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