Townhouse in Horgen / Moos Giuliani Herrmann Architekten


Architect: Moos Giuliani Hermann Architekten
Location: Horgen, Switzerland
Completion: 2011 
Built Area: 260 sqm 
Photographs: Beat Bühler

Stunning views of the lake Zurich are characteristic for the four-story one family house situated in the small town of Horgen near Zurich. Restrictive building regulations and the small property require a special adaption of the external shape.

The precisely planned facade has been created out of white concrete. A split-level construction enables multifaceted views inside the internal sculptural space. Varying ceiling heights allow the inhabitant a diversity of options.

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The accurate and careful choice of materials creates a natural comfort. The warm oak wood and the exclusive linen wallpaper harmonize with the gray cement concrete ceilings and polished concrete floors. the inside window frames are made of white oiled oak. the outer aluminum window frames were processed with a unique anodizing. all sink and wall coverings in the shower and the bathroom were covered with genuine travertine.

© Beat Bühler

The comprehensive program space (studio, two bedrooms, master bedroom, dressing room, dining room, kitchen, living room with fireplace, roof terrace, showers, bathroom, double garage with driveway, patio and air-conditioned wine cellar) allows a comfortable living.

© Beat Bühler

All technical installations (electrical wiring, ventilation pipes, floor heating, water and sewage pipes) are inserted into the concrete ceiling. In all bathrooms there is a laundry chute that transported the dirty laundry to the washing machine directly.According to the latest ecological and economic studies the building is Minergie ®-certified and extremely energy-efficient. Geothermal energy affords a heating function in winter as well as a cooling one in summer.


The 260 m2 living space generates a large volume of building 1,200 m3. The building was completed in august 2011.

Cite: "Townhouse in Horgen / Moos Giuliani Herrmann Architekten" 06 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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      Pretentious much? My god man, do you really think that architecture is always groundbreaking? I think this is a positive project that, while may not blow minds, has a humility to the practice and understands what the occupant is likely after. You need a more positive outlook on our profession.

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