Holzer Kobler Architekturen: ELLI - best architects 19 in gold

Holzer Kobler Architekturen


best architects 19 in gold

single family homes


Zurich / Switzerland


Radek Brunecky


ELLI residential building and studio

The «ELLI» project is a prototype for individual inner-city redensification. In a commercially used courtyard area, a five-storey residential building was conceived, with a minimal footprint and a double underground floor with a spacious studio. With a footprint of only 5 by 10 meters, the new building has highly compact living space. At the same time as the construction of the residential building, a studio was installed. For this purpose, the full courtyard was given an underground level and an extensive column-free space with large skylights was created. 


The objective was to optimally utilise the courtyard of a pre-existing office and commercial building in Zurich's District 4 while practising cost-efficient construction as a means to make the newly built space affordable to rent. The tall, slim new structure inconspicuously nestles up to the adjoining residential building. Concrete elements, prefabricated using optimised production techniques, form the envelope of the new single-family house and characterise its architectural expression, both inside and out. Thus, the building is a kind of «building shell» that can be lived in without any compromises in terms of comfort or appearance. A «rough» aesthetic predominates, inside and out. The façade is shaped by the pattern of joints between the industrially manufactured concrete elements. Inside, a palette of various red hues brings out features that contrast with the grey colour of the «béton brut».