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Baumschlager Eberle

Architects Baumschlager Eberle clearly undertook this programme with a definite concept in mind. Their strategy to implement it is clear: start with a box and carve out a shape of proportions suitable to the urban setting. The exercise proves that planning “from outside inwards” is a principle that can also be applied to a detached family house. The building is a series of cut-aways, cantilevers and fissures, all tailored to context. The result is a complex order of shapes that lend a certain dynamism to a static volume. Inside, spatial distribution has been planned in strict succession; right from the entrance on the upper level you are offered the alternative of stopping at this floor or proceeding downstairs. The architectural programme makes the best of the sloping terrain. A full-height court, an elegant space enclosed by the U-shaped building, connects the two graded levels. The...

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