The building was designed to combine living and working functions in well separated areas, a task that was made easier by the topography and situation of the site that offered the possibility to create two different accesses on different levels.
In spite of the narrowness of the constructable area (4.75m), the interiors were supposed to be spacious and generous. Actually, due to its proportions, in several rooms you may see the sun rise and set without even moving.
Also, the relation between in and out was an important point, not only in terms of enjoying the garden and views but as an unobtrusive yet continuous interaction with life on the street. Large windows at ground level give the building a touch of weightlessness. The opaque concrete fence protects the ground level area from the street, but doesn't obstruct the view on the upper levels.
As an answer to the lack of space, we developed a facade concept that occupies only 18cm and offers perfect insulation for both cold and heat. Structural elements are independent from the outer shell and visible in the interior. We decided to show elements in the material they are made of, so the stairs connecting the three levels of the living area appear as a folded steel panel, and the rivets that hold the wooden facade elements create a visible geometric pattern.