House Unimog

The unusual task and the difficult building site were a big challenge but also a big potential for this lowbudget house with workshop designed in Germany by Fabian Evers with Wezel Architektur.

House Unimog

The owner requested a workshop for his Unimog (a range of multi-purpose auto four-wheel drive medium trucks produced by Daimler AG.) and a small residential unit.
The site is located directly next to a street with heavy traffic and is surrounded by small private houses and farm buildings. A crucial parameter was the very tight cost frame.
The concept was to stack the two different uses on top of each other in order to minimize the footprint on the site and to orient the living room from the street towards the landscape. The result is a vertically developed house.
House Unimog

Fabian Evers Architecture and Wezel Architektur, House Unimog
, Ammerbuch, Germany. Top and above: photo Michael Schnabel

The variation of the two different uses reflects itself through the facade: the lower part of the workshop is cladded with translucend polycarbonate elements. The workspace is filled with filtered natural light during the daytime, and turns at night into a light box which glows into the neighborhood.

The living space presents itself with its anthracite facade as a monolithic volume. Precise set windows and a generous south oriented loggia enables beautiful views into the surrounding landscape. The chosen materials for the facade and inside the building underlines the pragmatic and reduced design concept: a house which is rather located in the typology of a rational farmhouse or of a workshop than a classical residential house.

House Unimog, Ammerbuch, Germany
Program: single family hopuse with workshop
Architects: Fabian Evers Architecture, Wezel Architektur
Engineers: Ströbel Bilger Mildner Ingenieure
Area: 120 sqm
Completion: 2012

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