andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler: single family house in zurich oberland
andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler: single family house in zurich oberland andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler: single family house in zurich oberland
oct 31, 2011

andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler: single family house in zurich oberland

‘single family house in zurich oberland’ by andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler, zurich oberland, switzerland all images courtesy andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler image © valentin jeck

carved into a steep slope on the site of a former vineyard is the ‘single family house in zurich oberland’, a residence for a family and their two children designed by swiss practice andreas fuhrimann gabrielle hächler. to construct in the area, the topography was strategically terraced and interior rooms were arranged to generate a merged experience within the landscape with four outdoor patios at diverse elevations. the exterior is faced with large plates of varied sizes and embossed to produce a raw and more natural appearance.

side elevationimage © valentin jeck

the primary entrance leads inhabitants into an entry level containing the children’s bedrooms and cellar rooms placed further into the terrain. formed with internally insulated and exposed concrete, a central stairway leads to the first level living and dining areas, kitchen and master bedroom. the materiality and building method changes to prefabricated wood framing faced with a grain plywood. a clerestory window bordering an elevated terrace above the food preparation area introduces soft illumination from the north. on the eastern slope, the master bedroom unfolds to an outdoor area carved into the eastern slope. a skylight running along the roof ridge providing daylight to the lofted studio and guest room accessible by open-riser stairs. a steep roof pitch parallels the terrain and bends into a flat surface to accommodate local regulations to minimize a visual presence in the landscape.

approach to dwellingimage © valentin jeck

entry facadeimage © valentin jeck

facade detailimage © valentin jeck

front doorimage © valentin jeck

concrete entry stairway image © valentin jeck stairs lead to first level living and dining areas image © valentin jeck

living area on the first floor image © valentin jeck

concrete fireplace and overhead skylight image © valentin jeck

dining area and kitchen beyond image © valentin jeck

clerestory window in kitchen image © valentin jeck

master bedroom with accessible terrace carved into the hillside image © valentin jeck

lofted studio image © valentin jeck

children’s bedrooms are located on the ground level image © valentin jeck

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2





  • The exterior is striking and parts of the interior has spectacular form & views. I do find some rooms sterile with the amount of visible concrete.

    kjodelko says:
  • this seems so poorly made in comparison to japanese domestic in both interior layout and finish

    seanc says:
  • Very much agree to seanc! The best part of the house is the coconut fibre net used in the garden.

    gaba says:
  • the exterrieur finishing is great, much more detailled than the interrieur, maybe a conceptional decission, hope it get´s more homely with people living there.

    myfezazi says:

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