Residential ArchitectureApartmentsMaisonette House in Stuttgart / Ippolito Fleitz Group

Maisonette House in Stuttgart / Ippolito Fleitz Group

Maisonette House in Stuttgart

This maisonette house belonging to two designers is a sensual collage of its owners’ thoughts and memories. The project was completed by Ippolito Fleitz Group a multidisciplinary, internationally operating design studio based in Stuttgart. In place of a closed, consistent aesthetic, the apartment functions as a collage of variegated moods. Yet in spite of their seeming disparity, a synthesis is achieved that perfectly reflects the personality of the owners in the individual rooms.

An architect and a textile designer have created a sanctuary in a listed Wilhelminian building in a sought-after location on the edge of Stuttgart’s city centre. Their new apartment stretches over two floors with an unusual tapering floor plan that resembles a slice of cake. The 290 m² have been transformed into a vibrant cabinet of curiosities, filled with mementos and inspirational pieces, which they have collected or sourced on their travels.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 1

A characteristic period feature of the building is its layout of individual rooms grouped around a central hallway. This layout was carefully modified, respecting the building’s listed status, to create a spacious, open discourse with shifting vistas and overlapping perspectives.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 2

A black, herringbone parquet floor runs from here throughout the apartment, giving the suite of rooms a flowing feel and creating a strong graphic counterpart to the typically bourgeois Wilhelminian architecture.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 3

At the head of the hallway is the living room, a salon-like space with strong contrasting colours, intense graphic elements and large forms. A deep pile rug with a bold, geometric pattern in strong colours and a Moustache chair are more works of art than pieces of furniture, yet even these are outdone by the expressive pictures and objects on the walls.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 4

The dining room is dominated by textile materials such as a dark green, silk wallpaper and finds from exotic travels, including Uzbek ikat cloth, Indian silk embroideries, Laotian textile applications and African Losa basketwork. In the centre of the room stands a large rosewood table, about which various chairs are gathered. One end of the table top is lacquered black. This shiny reflective surface creates a bridge to the piano as well as to a smoked oak sideboard hanging on one wall. Its partially black lacquered front resembles a fragmented mirror and dissolves the solidity of its form.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 5
The dining room and salon are connected at their far ends by a small room with a bay window. Here the graphic character of one room and the textile materiality of the other merge in a specially commissioned psychedelic wallpaper, which challenges the eye and forms a provocative backdrop to several colourful artworks.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 6

An asymmetric, curved wall opening in the opposite end of the salon leads into the staircase room, the only room in which the original oak parquet floor has been preserved. The upper storey is reached via a staircase with indigo treads and a dark green stringer.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 7

From the staircase room, a second double-leaf door leads into the bedroom, which is also a library. The dark wood of the bookcase and sideboards coupled with the elegant colour of the walls give the room a delicate feel. A concealed door in the mirrored wall leads into a dressing room, which contains two large, white, hanging wardrobes.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 8

To the right of the hallway lies a spacious bathroom. The salmon-coloured design is in harmonious dialogue with the limestone of the floor and several walls. Multiple mirrored surfaces expand the space and create optical bridges to the other rooms by means of reflections.The bathroom connects through to a gym, which doubles as a guest bedroom.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 9

Cooking with friends is one of the owners’ passions. So the kitchen at the other end of the apartment has a stainless steel, industrial-style kitchen block at its centre. Original tiles on the floor and wall provide a scintillating contrast to the precise, sharply edged, solid surface, built-in cupboards. A freestanding marble-topped table offers space for more intimate gatherings.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 10

The upper storey houses a spacious study and private TV lounge. The light-flooded top floor also has access to a generous terrace with a view of the treetops in the neighbouring avenue. A stunning view over Stuttgart is visible in the other direction.

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 11

The maisonette house is a museum of memories and a showroom for the creativity of its owners in one. In place of a closed, consistent aesthetic, the apartment functions as a collage of variegated moods. Yet in spite of their seeming disparity, a synthesis is achieved that perfectly reflects the personality of the owners in the individual rooms.

Interior design: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Project: Maisonette house
Project team: : Kim Angenendt, Hanna Drechsel, Gunter Fleitz, Lena Hainzinger, Peter Ippolito, Masafumi Oshiro, Verena Schiffl, Markus Schmidt
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Photography: Zooey Braun

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 12

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 12

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 13

Maisonette House in Stuttgart 14

Thank you for reading this article!

Sunset Retreat Overlooking Inyadda Beach / Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Sunset Retreat, Manyana situated on Inyadda Headland overlooking Inyadda Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Sunset House is a stunning adults retreat designed by The Australian Institute of Architects 2015 Gold Medalist Peter Stutchbury.

The Orbits Clock by Studio Ve: new and unique wall clock

Studio Ve proposes a new and unique wall clock, named The Orbits Clock. The hands of the clock that should indicate the hours, minutes...

Watson House Annexe by Ström Architects

This wooden-clad annexe, completed September 2017, replaced a dated structure in the grounds of a house that Magnus Strom had worked on at his previous practice. The main house was completed back in 2010, and the owner approached Strom Architects in 2015 to replace the existing annexe on site.

Morningside Residence / Kieron Gait Architects

Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects is a quiet, respectful and poetic addition to a 1920s Queenslander house. The existing 1920s house is a beautiful house, but highest and divorced from the garden.

Mas Nou House: Interior Renovation by 05AM Arquitectura

Project: Mas Nou House Architect: 05 AM Arquitectura Project team: Júlia Esteve and Laura Rodrigo Location: Platja d’Aro – Mas Nou residential area (Baix Empordà), El Masnou,...

Recommended Stories