Alexander Brenner – A Holistic Art of Building
Villas and Houses 2015–2022
New villas and houses by the acclaimed German studio Alexander Brenner Architects
1st edition, 2022
Text English and German
320 pages, 396 color and 180 b/w illustrations and plans
24 x 30 cm
Few architecture firms in Europe have addressed the villa as a building type as consistently as Alexander Brenner Architects. The studio is widely known for designs that are characterized by plastic-geometric facades often resembling constructivist tableaux. What all of Alexander Brenner’s villas and houses have in common is a truly holistic approach to the task. A house’s interior, kitchen, cupboards, and other built-in furniture are attended to with the same care for detail as its exterior. Corresponding gardens with soft, curved, sensual forms surround, and contrast with, Brenner’s cubic architectural sculptures.
This new book follows up on two successful previous volumes published in 2011 and 2015. It features six villas and houses realized between 2015 and 2022, including the architect’s own home in Stuttgart, the Brenner Research House. Lavishly illustrated with masterly photographs taken by Zooey Braun, as well as with plans, drawings, and further images, the volume documents each building in rich detail. An essay and informative texts on the projects by Alexander Brenner, as well as an appraisal of his oeuvre by architecture publicist Holger Reiners, round out this volume that offers rich inspiration for anyone interested in contemporary housing design and villas.
Alexander Brenner established his Stuttgart-based firm, Alexander Brenner Architects, in 1990. He has gained wide acclaim for his signature houses and villas, yet the studio’s portfolio also comprises art spaces, commercial and urban designs, and interiors. Brenner has also taught at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart in 1988–2008 and at Biberach University of Applied Sciences in 1990–2006.