The existing two-storey house surrounded by lush greenery was built in 1958 by the architects Vischer und Weber and is an important example of early Swiss Modernist architecture. It is, notably, located in Riehen, where several pioneering Modernist buildings were created in the first half of the last century. The house was built for a graphic design and advertising professional who had lived and worked for many years on the West Coast of America and who enabled the adoption of then key influences from American Modernism such as the work of Frank Lloyd Wright or the Case Study Houses and their designers Charles and Ray Eames or Richard Neutra. The result is a particularly sensitive architecture that responds uniquely to its location. The architecture of light-flooded, generous spaces is as contemporary now as then. The architects’ choice of materials – brick, concrete, wood and stone – exudes a standard of style, elegance and craftsmanship that can scarcely be achieved today.
The existing building is extended with an additional section. This is planned as an elongation of the lower storey so that the extension in no way compromises the main house and its garden. It is possible thanks to the hillside location, which allows for an entire new storey. The basic forms, building sections and surface treatments of the main house are adapted and continued in the extension building in order to underline the building’s quality and its authenticity.
- Lukas Raeber, Patrick Reuter