Limmatfeld Town House, Dietikon , 2010
On the basis of Hans Kollhoff’s master plan, apartments for around 3,000 people are being built on the former premises of the machine manufacturer “Rapid”. For one of eleven building plots, the Zypressenhof, we designed a town house as part of the 18m deep block edge development. We focus on a perforated façade with a classic three-part structure. Smooth, shiny ceramic surfaces alternate with a coarse-grained plaster finish. Folding sliding shutters made of ornamentally lasered metal sheets close the openings of the loggias like a thin skin, thus creating an exterior room with great intimacy for the apartments. The loggias can be fully opened up towards the kitchen and bring the afternoon sun deep into the building via a dazzlingly reflective longitudinal wall. The floor plan combines conventional elements with generously proportioned, open-plan living areas.