ZÜRICH ZIG-ZAG

Creating a hillside village house in Switzerland

SCOPE
New house

LOCATION
Zumikon, Switzerland

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT
Pfister+Scheiss Architekten

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Heinz Aebi

PHOTOGRAPHY
Arcaid Photography

This gently sloping lot above a small village suburb of Zürich had sweeping views of Lake Zürich and the Swiss Alps on the horizon beyond.  The brief included six bedrooms for the children in the blended family, an underground art gallery to show revolving highlights of their extensive contemporary collection, and generous living spaces for frequent guest gatherings. The design created a Zee shaped house, capturing an informal garden on one side and a broad patio and lap pool on the other.  A series of arched roofs created grand interior volumes pressed against the restrictive zoning height limits. The exterior composition of interlocking building elements created a miniature village that reduced the scale of the 10,000 sf house.

(Bruce Donnally was responsible for the design and execution of this house during his time as an associate at Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects in NY, NY)

 

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