Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest (house) of them all? Obmatt double single-family house, Adligenswil, Switzerland, 2010–2016
Planning and building for yourself is a tremendous privilege. Together with Annette Helle, I had the opportunity to design a semi-detached house in the immediate vicinity of my parents' house. A common entrance with a cascade staircase crossing the whole house, equipped with skylights, forms the backbone of the building and leads into the two family apartments.
Working on the sections forms the basis for a spatial richness. A two-storey room connects the entrance and sleeping floors with the living floor arranged around a residential hall. At the same time, this „living hall“ can be used as a spacious studio – via fold-out wall elements.
The bathrooms are made of high-quality materials and supplied with natural daylight via skylights. The internal apartment staircase is staged as a spatial access element and ends on a roof terrace, which offers a wonderful view of the central Swiss Pre-Alps with the mighty mountains Rigi and Pilatus.
Obmatt 12a/ 12b, in 6043 Adligenswil, Switzerland
Patrick Gmür, Annette Helle (Helle architects, Zurich)
Nicolò Suzani (project management), Gabriela Steiner, Marta Sutko, Anna Rosa, Luciana Cometti, Zita Széplaki, Selin Schneider