The unique site of this project required not only a free-standing, autonomous form, but also a volume which visually “completes” the existing block.
The form of the structure is derived from the most efficient use and construction method. All structure above the basement level is an innovative and fully wooden construction.
Within the given dimensions of the project, the timber construction allows for the absence of columns in all but the ground and first floors of the building. This provides open and flexible space in all typical floors and creates a unique and simple architectonic expression in the interior.
The façade of the proposal is created with fiber-glass reinforced concrete—both respecting the traditional mineral facades of the surrounding buildings while offering a light-weight prefabricated structure.
Using this constructive, small-scale installation method, the façade construction reflects the kind of wooden joinery happening within.
The construction methods also have an urban design basis—the clean and efficient process allows for minimum building time and intrusion in the neighborhood. The building is like a piece of furniture inserting itself into the square.
Architect: Harry Gugger Studio
Wooden Construction Engineer: ERNE AG Holzbau
Concrete Structure Engineer: MWV Ingenieure AG
Heating and Ventilation installations: De Martin, Zweng AG
Electrical Installations: IBG B. Graf AG Engineering
Energy and Building Technology: Gartenmann Engineering AG
Façade Planner: PP Engineering GmbH