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Building biology, ecology and choice of material were central aspects in the planning Küsnacht / Switzerland / 2013

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The initial concept is derived from the existing park like scenery. Like scattered stones, the non-orthogonal buildings gather around a central place. The group of buildings consists of a single family house, double single family houses and multi-family houses. The irregular shaped buildings provide a huge variation of visual angels and perspectives. The composition of the buildings allow for the landscape to remain "open" throughout the whole settlement. Mirrored floorplans and ever changing perspectives avoid repetitive effects. Building biology and ecology were central aspects in the planning process and choice of material. The settlement has been awarded with the certified labels "GI" (good indoor climate) and "Minergie" (Swiss registered quality label for new and refurbished low-energy-consumption buildings) and won the "2016 Baupreis" of the Forum of Architecture Zürich Oberland.

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    The initial concept is derived from the existing park like scenery. Like scattered stones, the non-orthogonal buildings gather around a central place. The group of buildings consists of a single family house, double single family houses and multi-family houses. The irregular shaped buildings provide a huge variation of visual angels and perspectives. The composition of the buildings allow for the landscape to remain "open" throughout the whole settlement. Mirrored floorplans and ever changing...

    Project details
    • Year 2013
    • Work started in 2011
    • Work finished in 2013
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Town Halls / multi-purpose civic centres / Apartments / Single-family residence / Multi-family residence / Office Buildings / Factories / Kindergartens / Schools/Institutes / Colleges & Universities / Multi-purpose Cultural Centres / Museums / Lofts/Penthouses / Chalets, Mountains houses
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