“The form of the structure is derived from the most efficient use and construction method. All structure above the basement level is an innovative and fully wooden construction.
Within the given dimensions of the project, the timber construction allows for the absence of columns in all but the ground and first floors of the building. This provides open and flexible space in all typical floors and creates a unique and simple architectonic expression in the interior.
The façade of the proposal is created with fiber-glass reinforced concrete—both respecting the traditional mineral facades of the surrounding buildings while offering a light-weight prefabricated structure.
Using this constructive, small-scale installation method, the façade construction reflects the kind of wooden joinery happening within.
The construction methods also a have an urban design basis—the clean and efficient process allows for minimum building time and intrusion in the neighborhood. The building is like a piece of furniture inserting itself into the square.“
Text von Harry Gugger Studio