Michael Meier und Marius Hug Architekten: Zürichsee Gut - best architects 20

Michael Meier und Marius Hug Architekten

Zürichsee Gut

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multi-family homes


Stäfa, Switzerland


Roman Keller


The building structure of the new Lake Zurich estate on the site of the former «Buechdrucki» follows the building history of the former ensemble. On the Seestrasse, the visible address and space remain familiar. However, the former building conglomerate is replaced with a contemporary stone volume that demonstrates awareness of its debt to the distinguished location in its architectural expression as a «lakeside residential and office building with large park». Access to the building is provided by a shared portico which provides a sophisticated approach to the entrances for both residences and offices and also creates a direct link to the lake. The 21 apartments are related in their overarching room structure. An entrance hall opens out onto the flowing sequence of reception rooms and grouping of private rooms. These include dressing-, bath- and bedrooms and are connected to a further room via a shared balcony. The living area is given structure by the kitchen and can be extended by an adjacent room. Inside the apartments, the staggered building execution creates multiple references to the park and sequences the views of the lake. The terraces with varying overall depths follow this execution and are framed by strong, space-containing natural stone walls in between the individual apartments. It is furthermore possible to partition off seasonal rooms with the help of filigree sliding glazing and so further increase the sense of space.