House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos

House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos

House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows, FacadeHouse with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows, FacadeHouse with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - WindowsHouse with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows+ 17

  • Architects: Sauter von Moos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2013
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Rolf Frei, Eiko Grimberg
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Atlasholz, Fronius, Volcalite
  • Lead Architects : Charlotte von Moos, Florian Sauter
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House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows, Facade
Courtesy of Sauter von Moos

Text description provided by the architects. Maintaining the tenderness and charm of the existing house from the 1930’s, our intention was to

(1) Gently renovate / restore the existing structure
(2) Enlarge the building through a series of micro-scale additions that follow the logic of the existing spatial division into small rooms.
(3) Entangle the existing, the tree and the new in a joyful composition.
(4) Improve the house’s energy-balance by modernizing all technical installations using exclusively renewable energies.
(5) Carefully relate the house to its surroundings, both natural and urban.

House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows, Stairs, Facade, Handrail
© Eiko Grimberg
House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows
© Rolf Frei

In line with these considerations, the annexes are all conceived as lightweight structures: a prefabricated wooden construction with a cladding of ‘recycled’ fir boards in the new corner tower facing north; a hovering though massively built bay window with a pronounced horizontal expression along the street; and lastly, steel for the filigree loggia with its inclined south-facing roof consisting of transparent photovoltaic panels in the garden. Balance-like old and new condition one another while in the interior the new wooden spaces add a meditative calm to the existing rooms’ patina. At all times, the old house with its embedded history should in ‘ghost’-like quality remain discernible.


Not engaging in a critical reconstruction, the design aimed at establishing a respect- and playful dialogue between existing and new, where each element maintains its own identity and voice in the process of their mutual activation. The red beech was considered an integral part and cornerstone of the design: Like the tree, also the house grew by hand of the multiple extensions, which ultimately frame the beech’s impressive stature, and engage the interior with its lively presence. 

House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos - Windows, Facade
© Eiko Grimberg

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Cite: "House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos" 19 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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建筑的“逆龄生长”:与树融为一体的住宅 / Sauter von Moos

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