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Roger Frei | Zürich
A supermarket erected in 1961 was converted into five ‘hall houses’. The original volume was retained and extended by adding a new recessed storey on the roof. The kitchens, dining and living areas of the five houses were created out of the former sales area with its ceiling height of four metres. A complex spatial system with split-levels was developed around the hall-like living space. Each ‘hall house’ has its own entrance, section of garden and private roof terrace. The entire building envelope was thermally retrofitted. By means of controlled ventilation the individual dwelling units achieve the Swiss Minergie standard. The changing mood of light and the fact that the houses are oriented in different directions means that each house has a highly individual character. Inside the houses the visual relationships between the different levels produce a unique kind of living situation. Five generously dimensioned domestic landscapes, suffused with light, are created.