April 24, 2013
OLS House by German studio J. Mayer H.
OLS House by studio J. Mayer H. is an interesting project where the rounded forms conjure up images of a dinosaur’s head with big eyes and bared teeth. The three-storey concrete residence is positioned on a sloping site in a suburban neighbourhood near Stuttgart and functions as the home for a family of four.
J. Mayer H. brought the view of the nearby valley into the house, adding a line of floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the front corners. This glazing and the railings in front look like the teeth of the building, while rounded windows on either side look like huge eyes.
The house was constructed from reinforced concrete and then coated with two different shades of render to emphasize the rounded forms of the walls and roof. A discrete entrance is positioned on one side and leads directly into the center of the house. Here, a curving concrete staircase winds between the floors, leading up from spas and utility rooms on the ground floor to living and dining rooms on the first floor and bedrooms on the top floor. Each room is outlined by curving partitions and the furniture is built into the walls, creating functional storage areas for residents.
The middle floor opens out to both a balcony along the front of the building and a terrace at the rear, while the second floor also features a small sheltered balcony.