Master Konzeptionelles Entwerfen


November 24, 2015


Hhoouussee: Duplex house and concepts of duplication
Summer 2015

The duplex house might be the adequate embodiment of infinite, repetitive suburbia. Constructed back to back, one half repeats itself in the other, as does the whole once again. The duplex house is the affordable solution of a North European and American middle class dream that had emerged from modernization: Mediocrely, it accommodates soberly modest, reasonably opportunist average people…
Yes and no: we conceive of duplication as a complex and highly charged cultural operation that not only raises formal issues of symmetry and difference, of joint and seam. It also provokes speculation about the substantial identity of the halves, the precedence of one over the other, about original and copy, equality and polarity.
Often, the analogy in form turns out to cover the contrast in content, like good and evil, or sense and nonsense. The duplication is accompanied by the suspicion that what looks the same may be a total inversion—or a completion, in which a whole is balanced.


Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Raspberries*

Tereza Spindlerova and Jana Melber

* This project won the first prize of the NextLandmark2015 contest, EXPO Milano

The project references one of the most popular Sunday sweets in Germany to explore the theme of semi-detached homes.

The example of vanilla ice cream and raspberries was used to concretely explain the idea of a harmonious blend of the two halves of these semi-detached homes, also characterised by an oriental vision of Yin and Yang.

On the one hand, the frozen raspberries represent a white house, built of household freezers whose hot air is used to heat the other half – a semi-sphere greenhouse, which is home to vanilla orchids, amongst  other plants, and hummingbirds as pollinators.

A perfect symbiosis, where Yin and Yang are reinterpreted in the harmony of a traditional dish to open up new ways of contemporary living, overcoming the dichotomy between nature and technology.











From Margiela and the wig…

Nora Einfeldt and Theresa Preiss

In the presentation of his fashion, designer Maison Martin Margiela provokes by manipulating the viewer’s perception. He irritates by channeling the attention on that what’s essential – his fashion. For example, he uses the turned-around wig which generates the appearance of a twisted head and leaves the model’s face unrecognizable. His principles of manipulation were reinterpreted and applied to architecture. As this architecture served the Musterhaussiedlung Dessau-Törten by Gropius which was planned as a series of twin-houses. In particular, the ideology of the Ideal House and its functionality is addressed. The transformations were derived from six different manipulations seen in Margielas work. Thereby a house is created which irritates the viewer, however could still be used.

1888 in Arles, a sunny place in south France, 2 promising artists move together to begin their new pursuit of dream. Instead religion, they want to comfort pain and spread love with painting.














They are Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Jana Spitlbauer and Liwen Zhu

Full of deep hope, Van Gogh once painted the little yellow house they lived in. But unfortunately, after 2 months, they break cause ingravescence conflict and finally each goes his own way and never meet or talk any more.

We want to use the harmonious Fassade element of the painting to create a neutral inner space.

through copy we get a transformation of the palladio’s  ideal space form.

The interval between them is both separation and also channel. It promote the independence and also interaction in distance. Let them believe in their own god, keep their own ideology on painting and life. At the same time, through communicating of sight and route, they can always know and learn from each other.

The new duplicated yellow house make dream come true, the two greatest painters living and working together. And the house will go on to use as the colony and cloister of the artist in the future.






Music, Repetition and Architecture

Diana Cano

Daft Punk is a famous French duo who plays electronic, disco and rock music. In the last years, they have reached an extraordinary recognition from the public not only for their music but for their obsession with the repetition and for their anonymity. Since their beginnings, they have tried to keep their real identity in secret using sophisticated robot helmets. However, they manage to have a double identity, a double life. In this sense, the main goal of this project was to design a house for Daft Punk as anonymous individuals and a house for the normal persons using both the repetitive elements from the video “Technologic” and the repetition in the lyrics.







While we have examined the works and life of the surrealist René Magritte, we tried to interpret the house where he lived in three different variants. For the three variants of the house, we have oriented ourselves in three paintings as well as the techniques of individual paintings.

Serge Deisner and Ioannis Michailidis


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