Hochweid Retirement Home, Kilchberg , 2013

Elderly people in very different life situations find a home in the old people’s centre; this is reflected in the urban development figure: old people’s home and old people’s housing estate are perceived as separate institutions, but nevertheless appear as an ensemble in architectural terms. In accordance with their different housing offers, the planned extensions are, as regards urban planning aspects, integrated into the development in a differentiated manner. The new residential complex complements the existing facilities of the retirement home to form a courtyard that is enclosed on three sides. With its large, slightly sloping roof, the new wing blends in with the topography, while the view of the landscape from the upper floors of the existing buildings remains unobstructed.

In the area providing communal rooms, selective extra high areas give the new building its own volumetric identity. With a limited building depth of around ten metres, the apartments stretch from façade to façade as a spatial continuum; in accordance with the unobstructed view across the neighbouring houses, the main residential side and thus the orientation of the loggias changes from east to west. Living, eating, and cooking stretch out between the longitudinal façades, the loggia of the living area is oriented towards the corner of the building. An “open” room, which connects to the living area with a wide sliding door, reinforces the spatial permeability along the façade; the expansive view is the decisive theme and staged in an impressive manner.