The Fealdbalz House, 2,900 square foot tri-level family home (also referred to as a sculpture) overlooking the Lake of Zurich, Switzerland was built by Gus Wustemann Architects and was created to accommodate both the private as well as public life of its occupants. The upper level was set-up for parents, while the lowest level, opened to the outdoor patio and garden, belongs to the children. With easy access to the garden and the pool, it becomes the playing, active area. In between these two levels, the center of the house contains the family life, where everybody meets and circulates. The main living area is connected to the garden with concrete stairs, a perfect place to admire the view. The architects wanted to satisfy desired level of intimacy with the contrast of wide open views in a suburban context. The solution was to use simple techniques such as Sky-Frame windows (sliding screens) which one can open and slide behind the fireplace and the stairs and translucent polycarbonate (scobalit) material for all the facades facing the neighbours. The result is an opening with no frames and the use of the scobalit facade provides a warm sheen and welcomes without giving up privacy.
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Katja Gretzinger is a graphic designer living and working in Berlin, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. She runs a small graphic design studio, aptly named the Katja Gretzinger Graphic Design Studio. Her work shows a great eye for typography, composition and the power of colour.
Beat Glässer runs the aptly named Glässer design firm in Zurich, Switzerland. Two pieces in his current design portfolio are truly minimalist: coat rack Zen and desk Lola. Both designs are based on an idea that is as simple as it is brilliant: Glässer recognized that he could reduce the number of legs to two, by leaning the furniture to the wall. The result is of a beautiful elegance. All of Glässer’s designs are manufactured by Mox.
Micheal Häne, a freelance graphic designer from Zürich, Switzerland, created this clever business card for a local dentist. Such a beautiful round concept: getting in touch with the dentist (for which you need to pull out the inner card) results in the disappearing of the tooth ache.
AFGH Architects is a Zurich-based architecture firm formed under Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler in 1995. Known for their minimal usage in materials, AFGH has since then established a solid foundation for future projects. Like a bird nest floating above the mirror-like water surface of Lake Rotsee in Switzerland, the 11-meter high lookout was recently completed as the first portion of AFGH’s winning proposal for the new Rotsee Rowing Club. With its functional time being only three weeks per year, this wooden structure was designed to be adaptive with time, with sliding and pivoting shades. They unify the exterior and interior when open, bringing in the views of the beautiful surroundings and out the cleanliness of the space. The entire design is rested on concrete pillars and connected to the inland with a timber dock. From the facades to the structures, everything weaves together harmoniously to form a beautiful cocoon that gives itself to nature every once in a while. Even though the OSB wood interior might seem sterile now, there are many furnishes to be added in the near future. Afterwards, I believe that the relationship between the project and its context will flourish marvelously.