House B10 by Werner Sobek

Located in Stuttgart, Germany, this residence originally built in 1927 represents the world’s first active house. Last year it was completely redesigned by Werner Sobek.

Description by Werner Sobek

When it was built in 1927 the Weissenhof Estate on the Killesberg hills in Stuttgart, Germany, it was tantamount to a revolution in the building industry: the designs created by various world-famous architects demonstrated how we could build and live in the future. Parts of the Weissenhof Estate were destroyed during the war and rebuilt afterwards – with the exception of one plot of ground in Bruckmannweg that has lain unused since 1945. Now, a new and progressive, future-oriented building is to stand on the site – for a period of three years; it is designed to demonstrate how innovative materials, constructions and technologies can sustainably improve our built-up world.

The research project named „B10“, abbreviated from the address Bruckmannweg 10, is the first active house anywhere in the world. Thanks to a sophisticated energy concept and a self-learning building control system the house generates twice as much energy as it actually requires itself. And that from sustainable sources.

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