Haus D10 by
Werner Sobek


Slideshow: the glazed walls of this pavilion-like house in southern Germany are sandwiched between a roof and plinth that mirror one another (photographs by Zooey Braun).

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Completed by Stuttgart architects Werner Sobek Design, the ground floor of House D10 is raised just above the surrounding lawn, while a basement floor is concealed beneath.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

A large golden door is located in the centre of the living room and slides open to reveal a hidden kitchen.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

The house generates all its own heating and electricity through photovoltaic panels on the roof and a ground-sourced heat pump.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Other German houses we've featured include one with a cinema on its roof and one with a chunky timber shell.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Here's a little more text from Werner Sobek Design:

D10, Ulm/Germany

Located in Biberach an der Riss, Germany, D10 is a single-storey one-family home built in an established residential area.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

A private driveway provides access to the house.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Two parallel shear walls are a distinguishing feature of the building.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Generously designed glazing serves to provide a spatial enclosure.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Protected by an extensively projecting flat roof a generously sized patio encircling the house serves to unite the indoor space with the outdoor space.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Access to the building is also gained via this patio.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

The living areas are located on the ground floor, whilst the ancillary rooms are housed in the basement.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

The building is adjoined on the north side by a double-garage, which can be accessed directly from the basement.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

A stairway in the living room provides access inside the house.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

The energy concept guarantees that all of the energy required to run the building is gained from regenerative sources.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

A geothermal energy system and a highly-efficient heat pump provide the energy required to produce warm water and meet heating and cooling needs.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

The entire surface of the roof is fitted with a photovoltaic system that generates more power on an annual average than the building consumes.

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Architects: Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany
Planning time: 2008 - 2009

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Construction time: 2009 - 2011
Construction budget: not specified

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

Services rendered by Werner Sobek: design. object planning, structural engineering, facade planning, building service equipment and optimising energy efficiency
Client: private

Haus D10 by Werner Sobek

  • I preferred Mies', but the gold leaf wall is a nice touch.

    • Chris

      Add a sexually connotative statue and you've got a Barcelona pavilion.

      • kim

        Yes, add a Jeff Koons ot the photos and you get all the Hipsters architects to say it's great on Dezeen…

        • Chris

          I agree kim but I'd never add a Jeff Koons to anything.

      • fgdg

        really, it looks somehow like a miesian building, you may be an architectural genius right?

  • Dan

    This is architecture that lacks soul and ideas.

  • Shavool


  • wow does anyone live here?

  • Alex

    Miesian proportions + Contemporary innovations = Nice

  • Dirty

    Mies resurrection ?

  • alex

    A miesian reverberation….. Germany cannot seem to rid itself of its so very influential modernistic past. Will sensuality and poetry ever be possible again? Then again…who would expect such traits from an Engineer….

    • Kim

      This is actually a sensual space full of petry, depends how you see it…poetry of minimal empty space with naked people?

  • Dave

    Muddy footprints!! AARRGGHH

  • S.N.

    Awesome Mies tribute, with or without soul this is very difficult to achieve; love to see some detail drawings.

  • zgred

    nice, but I find impossible living in it.

  • Jordan

    The quotation is clear but what he is adding to the conversation is not. The entrance and the garage are a failure.

  • turtle

    You could teach the Japanese a thing or 2 about white buildings. Nice balance in all things. Would certainly live there. UNder floor heating would be great though.

  • OK!

    Idea is from Mies, but done great. By the way, i,d like to live in this house. Congratulations!

  • Not bad

    but where are the beds?

  • rock

    the curtains are just ott.
    they should be more rigorous + simplify things down a bit!

  • Some elements that would add warmth could be added.

    But, I admit, I do like the minimalist proportions and the rigor in the execution of this project.

  • house

    so german perfectionism

  • Patrick Y Wong

    I dig it! Mies would dig it. It is very idiosyncratic and is architecture for architects and architectural afficionados.

  • Ricardo

    The concept is well know (modernist, minimalist, you name it). Whether is a good concept of architecture… not to me to judge – but it promotes an interesting introspective exercise… removing "everything" makes you think about what is needed in reality… makes you think about what gives meaning to words such as home, warmth. It helps you to find your "self". :-]

  • Beatrice

    In fact we can come up with x number of version based on the Barcelona pavillion and always breathtaking…

  • theidlearchitect

    I saw philip johnson standing admiringly in the garden. mies is somewhere else with a beer and a big cigar.

  • Golden Wall! G-o-l-d-e-n!

  • yrag

    As a house, it makes a fine lobby.

  • … this looks familiar… thinking 1946

  • thilina

    like jhon pawsans GLASS HOUSE

  • GFG

    mies sucker

  • climate change

    The energy claims are likely misleading. The extensive glazing and thermal bridges will make the design an energy hog in the winter. Perhaps they can regain some of that energy in the summer via the photovoltaics, but the architects should challenge themselves to properly address zero energy use during the winter!