Apartment Building Schulstrasse
Pfäffikon, 2018–2021
Direct Commission, 2018
Ground Floor
Standard Floor
Attic Floor

The building is set back slightly from the street on an expansive green lawn. Its footprint measures forty by eighteen meters, and it has four stories crowned by a penthouse level. On the open south side, the branches of the site’s mature trees are reflected in the glazed facade of the winter garden. The apartment house is something between a commercial building and a palazzo.
We began by asking ourselves how one might live away from urban centers, in the so-called countryside. What emerged are apartments with simple large spaces, identical rooms, high doors, and a wood-framed winter garden. The materials are somewhat rustic, and the construction is handcrafted and robust.
And we made a few discoveries in the process: For example, the potential that sheet metal work has for architectural expression, or the importance that ancillary structures can have in anchoring such a large building to its surroundings – with the bicycle shed along the adjoining party wall, the round pavilion on the lawn, or the pergolas and wall segments between the apartment house and the street.
The house on Schulstrasse is our most economical project to date: we were able to build nearly forty apartments here for less than ten million Swiss francs.

Project team
Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin, Valentin Surber, Andreas Monn, Demian Derron, Adrian Richter, Julie Rigling, Ernst Schubert, Crisost Koch, Jannik Achenbach

AMAG Group BVG Kasse, Zurich

Landscape Design: EMI Architekt*innen, Zurich
Civil Engineer: wlw Bauingenieure AG, Zurich
Building Services: Frei + Partner Haustechnikplanung GmbH, Baden
Electrical Engineer: Gutknecht Elektroplanung AG, Au
Building Physics: Raumanzug GmbH, Zurich

Roland Bernath

Feine Fassaden, Quart Verlag 2022
Hochparterre, 9/2021

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