Two-family house / Hajnoczky.Zanchetta Architekten + Angela Waibel
Text description provided by the architects. The two duplex apartments are located in a grove of trees on the outskirts of Zürich. The grove is part of a forest arm that crosses the city. From dense foliage in summer, the place is transformed in winter into a snowy setting with a beautiful creek that flows into Lake Zürich.
The forest, constraining the layout of the house to a triangular shape, divides the plot diagonally. To give the house a spacious living space, we used the slope of the plot to vertically separate the two apartments. In addition, the structure features overhangs to enlarge the area of the upper floors.
The lower maisonette occupies the ground floor and the first floor. It is the larger of the two apartments. Due to the slope of the plot, the ground floor and the first floor have direct access to the surrounding gardens. The upper accommodation occupies the second floor and the attic. The attic consists of a single central room connected to three terraces placed at each corner of the triangular house.
The load-bearing structure is in concrete except for the attic which is in wooden construction. To reinforce the specificity of the building, we chose a black wooden facade to contrast elegantly with the surrounding nature.