Apartment building Kurfirstenstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland (1999–2000)
The apartment building with seven condominiums stands on a moraine hill above the left bank of the lake in Zurich. The conditions of the property, the optimal orientation of the apartments and the conditions of the assignment – individuality and privacy – resulted in a finely graded cube with restrained materialisation.
The main feature of the building is the alternation of the living rooms and bedrooms – floor by floor. Thus, there will always be one bedroom above a living room. This principle allows a generous room height of three meters.
The changing position of the living rooms, floor by floor, and the slightly varying apartment layouts provide the themes for the shaping of the volume of the building and the sculptural design of the façade. The thick coat worn by the Prince Elector (Kurfürst) illustrates the principle of stacking and merging and of individuality and privacy.
18 Kurfirstenstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
7 apartments (condominiums)
Jakob Steib architects plc., Zurich
Sandy Brunner, Simon Thurnherr