Housing Bühlstrasse

Housing Bühlstrasse

Architect
EM2N Architects
Location
Küsnacht, Switzerland
Project Year
2014
Category
Apartments
© Roger Frei

Housing Bühlstrasse

EM2N Architects as Architects

The site is in a villa district with a marked topography and vegetation. While the upper area profits from a park-like terraced location with visual openness and, in part, a fantastic view of the lake, the lower part of the site derives its charm from the introverted, quiet atmosphere of the garden. Our project is developed directly out of these two atmospheres and proposes a building divided into two: pavilion building and plinth. All four apartments, two that occupy the plinth and ground floor, and two on the upper floor, profit from the view of the lake and the atmosphere of the park. The plinth floor takes up the existing wall and creates a precise edge for the park plateau that lies above. Different kinds of climbing plants cover this masonry plinth in order to create a gentle transition. Above it stands a slightly hovering, pavilion-like building which through its amorphous form is elegantly inserted in the landscape context. The filigree, horizontally layered, volume, in which the bands that define the storeys are modulated in plan and section, is built in a conventional solid construction method. The deep incision facing southwest structures the building volume in terms of scale and grain. The recessed bands of glazing strengthen the sculptural expression aimed for. In this project the garage is more than just a hall to park cars in. As the representative access to the generously dimensioned staircase and the lifts it dramatises the way through the earth that leads to the residential landscape above bathed in light.

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