House with a Missing Column

House with a Missing Column

Architect
Christian Kerez
Location
Zürich, Switzerland | View Map
Project Year
2014
Category
Private Houses
Stories By
Christian Kerez

Air-Lux Technik AG
Georg Aerni

House with a Missing Column

Christian Kerez as Architects

Every apartment in this house occupies one entire platform of the house. All functions, which are shared by several apartments like staircase and elevator installation shafts stay in front of the facades. They build the load-bearing structure of this house.


Their position as additional building parts has to closely follow the restriction of the building code. Regular structural arrangement becomes impossible; therefore the beams holding the slab and prolonging the interior space towards the outside have an enormous weight. 


The steel structure supporting the individual slabs offers an extraordinarily large scale to each apartment. The glazing and the position of the furniture and side rooms change from one level to the other and give a different interpretation of the monumental structure on each slab. The steel structure lies on the sunken, irregular pedestal of concrete which contains cellar and parking garage.

air-lux window façade system

Air-Lux Technik AG as Sliding Windows

14 air-lux sliding windows, 1.6 to 4.2 metres wide, fixed windows 4.4 metres wide, room height of 2.3 to 2.8 metres. Interior windows, door elements, lift tower windows, all-glass railings.

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Project Credits
Sliding Windows
Building physics
Structural engineer
Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct name
Sliding WindowsAir-Lux Technik AG
ManufacturersLaufen
ManufacturersFLUMROC
ManufacturersForster Profilsysteme AG
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