Artist' s House, Würenlos. The detached house seems as if lying on a natural clearing in the forest. On the property itself, an old large oak tree and an elderly beekeepers cottage are situated by the stream. The north facade with porch is oriented parallel to the stream and to the west, the house along with the natural curve of the stream and the near forest frame a pleasant outdoor space, the actual garden, which consists mainly of grassland. From the road to the stream level there is a significant incline, so that the house had to be buried in the south-facing terrain, where cellars, technical rooms and sauna are situated. The rectangular house sits on a slope, aligned with the short sides against road and stream, the long sides perpendicular to the slope, so that two spacious garden areas emerge. From the south and the street the house appears as a single-story pavilion. The considerable volume is perceptible only from the garden side. The entire building is surrounded by terraces, two stairways connecting the two levels. To counter the flood hazard the terraces are projecting where the building is above ground. This resulting hovering appearance lends the house its lightness, reminding of traditional Japanese wooden buildings. The Japanese appearance was consecutively searched for in the entire house. The desire to create covered terraces was complied with cantilevered canopies. The size of the projection is differentiated in each facade as necessary. Through the set back and barely visible eaves gutter the Japanese style has been accomplished by the cantilevered corrugated Eternit roof.
The building was constructed with prefabricated wooden elements and covered with untreated raw materials - the facade with wooden cement boards, the roof with corrugated Eternit, internally white plaster treated with beeswax. The metal windows are custom-built, which lend the house the specific character, lying between traditional and industrial revolution. All in all the house is a hybrid which mediates between all kinds of influences and poles: between sculpture and house, between shed and stately property, between traditional Japanese country house and European Arts and Crafts style, between historical and industrial appearance and much more.

Project: AFGH, project leader: Gilbert Isermann