Sustainable timber building company Baufritz tasked designer Alfredo Häberli with creating a case study home to showcase their prefabricated timber construction. Häberli delivered Haussicht, a gorgeous contemporary model home with a connected smaller house for grandparents or guests. The two are reminiscent of an ark and a tugboat.
The ground floor of the larger ark-shaped building, called the Flagship, has a “spine” that runs through the center of the home. The spine is comprised of storage and built-in furniture, with little rooms around the spine. Häberli describes the ground floor as “a quiet floor, a private space, not dissimilar to a ship’s lower deck.”
The first floor is like a ship’s upper deck and includes a kitchen, balcony, and dining area. More clever storage areas fill the Flagship: in one room, terraced seating that can function as theater seating or a couch can also be utilized for storage, and shelving around the edges of the room at the height of the windowsill doubles as a space to store books and as more seating.
Then there’s the Stöckli, what some might call a mother-in-law cottage. It’s actually inspired by traditional houses in Switzerland “that farmers move into when they retire.” This smaller building can function as a workshop or guest house. Its first floor is a column that visitors enter and catch a lift or take the stairs to the second floor, where all the rooms are. Häberli describes the Stöckli as a tugboat.
Haussicht is open for those interested in Baufritz’s concept of building. The company that has been around since 1896 utilizes organic building materials and insulation. They pay close attention to the air quality of their buildings with “intelligent CO2-controlled comfort ventilation” and “electro smog protection.”
Häberli emphasized style in his design. He told Wallpaper*, “I wanted to do it a little bit more chic, a little more sexy. I think that’s the way to go to convince the public [to buy into sustainable design].”
Images via Alfredo Häberli