A House & An Office: House Benz by Ippolito Fleitz Group

International multidisciplinary design studio Ippolito Fleitz Group designed House Benz, a residence where the owners host business meetings. The house is located in Stuttgart, Germany and the project was completed in 2016.



“Markus Benz, company director of prestigious furniture brand Walter Knoll, and his wife Susanne wished to find a Stuttgart base that would enable them to offer their business partners an alternative meeting place to the company headquarters 40 km away in Herrenberg on the edge of the Black Forest – and to live there too.” – Ippolito Fleitz Group




“The house stands high on a plateau with stunning views across the city. The three available storeys were divided into a public, representative space on the ground floor and a private living area on the first and top floors. The ground-floor public area is designed to enable a more informal and friendly contact to customers. The entrance area is a deep purple hallway that leads to the individual rooms. The conference room is simultaneously designed to be used for hospitality. Its walls are painted dove grey using pigment-rich paints, which give them a particular depth. Above this colour runs a broad band executed in a satiny metallic paint, which has also been used on the ceiling. The edges and corners of the walls curve gently, giving the room a soft and sensual charisma. A large round table stands upon a deep-pile rug. Above it hangs a globe light fixture, specially commissioned for the space and made from hand-blown, cut, crystal glass. A fully equipped catering kitchen on the ground floor caters to the hospitality needs of guests. A door in a mirrored dividing wall leads through to the study. The colour palette here is continued with a fresh and intense blue. In the centre of the room stands the Walter Knoll Keypiece desk, which appears to float on a base and sideboard.” – Ippolito Fleitz Group




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