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Glärnischstrasse, Küsnacht Development

Contemporary Building in Switzerland – design by Burkhalter Sumi Architekten

11 Jul 2008

Double family house, Küsnacht


Design: Burkhalter Sumi Architekten

English text (scroll down for German):

Photographs: Heinrich Helfenstein

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These two projects on the Glärnischstrasse 2a and 7 in Küsnacht were built within two years of each other.

They illustrate the move towards increased density at present occurring in this popular residential district. The issues are therefore integration in the existing context, the grain and the sculptural design of the volumes.

Photographs : R.Zimmermann

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The building consists of a recessed, plinth-like ground floor with garages, staircase and a small granny flat, the projecting upper floor with the studies and bedrooms and the attic level with the living and dining room, kitchen and terraces. With its freely hovering volume and an approach drive for the car below this house recalls Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier in Poissy.

However the recessed plinth in this project has a different significance: it expands the restricted outdoor space and thus enlarges the views. By separating the rooftop level into two parts an excessively large volume is avoided, and the two “humps” created also reveal that this building is a house for two families. The building changes its appearance according to the position of the sun and, despite the tight nature of the site, preserves the hovering character also found in the villa outside Paris.

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Doppelhaus Küsnacht – Building Information


client: private, Küsnacht

architecture: burkhalter sumi architekten gmbh, Zürich

staff: Yves Schihin, Barbara Ruppeiner, Katharina Mannhart, Elaine An

construction management: SAB Senne Bauleitungen, Uster

timber construction engineering: Makiol + Wiederkehr, Beinwil am See, Stefan Schlegel

engineering: Walter Neukom, Beinwil am See

SHAC engineering: 3-Plan AG, Winterthur, Reto Burkhart

electronic engineering: 3-Plan AG, Kreuzlingen, Livio Violka

landscape architecture: Stefan Hose, Landschaftsarchitekt

address: Glärnischstrasse 7, 8700 Küsnacht


construction costs (BKP 2): Fr. 1’740’700.-

construction costs (BKP 1-5): Fr. 1’897’200.-

land area: 805m2

cubature (SIA 116): 2’110m3

floor area GF (SIA 416): 670m2

main effective area HNF (SIA 416): 580m2

effective area NF: 327m2

construction costs /m3 (BKP 2): 825.-/m3

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photo: Heinrich Helfenstein, Zürich (outside), Roland Zimmermann, Adliswil (inside)

Glärnischstrasse Küsnacht images / information from Burkhalter Sumi Architekten Jul 2008

Burkhalter Sumi Architekten

Location: Glärnischstrasse, Küsnacht, Switzerland

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