House for architects and artists / AFGH

Architects: AFGH / Andreas Fuhrimann – Gabrielle Hachler ()
Clients: Andreas Fuhrimann, Gabrielle Hächler, Pipilotti Rist, Balz Roth
Consutants: Reto Bonomo, Rüdingen (Ing,), SJB.Kemptner.Fitze AG, Herisau (Holzbauing.), Bauphysik Meier AG, Dällikon
Project year: 2002-2003
Construction year: 2003-2004
Area: 1035 sqm
Budget: $2,2M CHF (USD$1,7M)

The task was to create reasonably-priced residential space with high standards of living comfort for four differently sized parties. In the processs, each party was to profit as much as possible on the one hand from the 3,000 m2 south-facing environs, and on the other from the north-facing view of the city.

This determined an unconventional and complex internal organisation of the building. All four apartments are accessible via a two-storey entrance hall, each of them having their own internal staircase of one or two floors. In principle the double-storey apartments and the two roof apartments are encapsulated in each other so that the quality of the four-sided building is fully exploited. Common place and unrefined materials such as , timber, wood and glvanised steel were chosen, which animated each other when combined.

The precise insertion of coloured kitchens with reflective glass surfacing and the extensive coloured glass panelling of the bathroom walls contrast with the the coarse concrete and the organic patterns of the wood.

The basement, the vertical stairwells and the partitioning walls between the apartment units are made of concrete cast in situ (basic shuttering). This guarentees that the fire proofing and acoustic demands set by the timber elements, which constitute most of the rest of the spatial structure, are met.

The concrete core constitutes the “skeleton” of the actual wooden structure, the organic softness of which heightens the rawness of the concrete. The ceilings and the walls are made of prefabricated, isolated wooden elements of spruce.

The interior surfaces consist of boxing plywood on the walls and bonded boarding on the ceilings. The construction and the dileneation of the rooms are congruous. The individual building elements and the building processes are legible. Due to their slightly polygonal geometry, the wooden elements have the characteristics of a piece of carpenter’s furniture.

The most striking characteristic of the galvanised sheet-metal façade is the differentiation of the form of the window openings on the north and south sides.

Cite: "House for architects and artists / AFGH" 27 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
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  • Ugaitz

    To put the red car in the first photo… is like putting a beautiful woman in a car/motor advertisement… jeje …no so much in the second photo!

  • Thomas

    Just love the red Alfa Romeo Duetto in the driveway!!

  • RGoldschmidt

    Hmmm, it is really hard too draw one house for architects and artists. This I’m seeing like a house for a musician, or a poet, writer (but there is no bookcase) not for architects, or painter, sculptor. That’s only my opinion

  • jas

    looks cold and unwelcoming… a abandoned factory…quite ugly in my opinion….

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  • Oliver

    great … it’s so rough … like it

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  • Tony Gambrah

    house for architects and artists?? really i know there is more in simplicity but i feel architects and artists like exploration and can even go crazy in their designs