"I wanted to design a case study house by the time I was 50," says Häberli. "Not for me personally, but one that sets an example. One that makes a contribution through its aesthetics and its inherent way of thinking. That was my dream." Häberli got a chance to fulfill his dream in designing a model home for Baufritz, revealing new dimensions of ecological and healthy wooden architecture while showcasing expert timber construction.
This is a wooden house?
This is an eco-house?
In the main building, the Flagship, the first floor is a generous space, flooded with light, containing a kitchen, dining area and front balcony, like the upper deck of a ship. There are no pillars and hardly any solid walls, a kind of open loft with continuous windows. The smallest part of this floor contains a room within a room, an impressive, rotating so called Media-Koje. This terraced seating area acts like a theatre and also serves as a couch and storage space. A bookshelf runs along the external walls at windowsill height, and this also provides seating.
The small neighbouring building, the Stöckli – traditionally a house in Switzerland that farmers move into when they retire – has been designed to serve as a workshop, guest rooms or living accommodation for a grandparent. Smaller in size, it stands on a large column-plinth that houses the entrance, stairs and a lift. The Stöckli deliberately adopts the barrier-free home concept and is an attempt to use this important idea as the starting point for an exceptional design. On an abstract level, this building resembles a small tugboat. It is as if a small harbour has grown up around the lake, a kind of village by the water.