Hinterfeld apartment building, Zwingen, 1993–1995
Hinterfeld lies on the Birse Plain and is surrounded by historic workers' houses from the Zwingen paper mill. The surrounding hills offer recreational terrain. Despite this attractive situation, a rental apartment in Zwingen has considerably more to offer than in the city or a larger municipality.
On the basis of an overall plan resulting from a competition (Michael Alder, Basel), the assignment was to design a simple, elongated structure as a rental apartment building.
The volume of the triple-storey building is broken up and structured. In this way, all 15 apartments are afforded private outdoor space as an extended living zone. This gives a new form to "living in the suburbs", neither urban nor rural.
The materials used in the exterior are clinker brick (for the north façade in binder-runner bond) and red cedar wood (for the south façade).
1–9 August-Cueni-Strasse, Zwingen (BL)
Direct commission, 1993–1995
Max Scherrer AG, W. and K. Steib
Jakob Steib, Barbara Neff