It is therefore a very rare privilege to collaborate with Meili Peter, because only a handful of architects succeed in combining style, taste, elegance and excellence in a building to such perfection. This unique villa high above Lake Zurich, which uses HIRT moving architecture® as a central design element, is no exception.
The building can be classified as a modernist structure. The experimental construction interweaves the findings of Case Study No 8 by Charles and Ray Eames with modern expressions while also accounting for the local landscape and climatic conditions. The client wanted a linear building with large glass elements that offer a panoramic view of the spectacular landscape.
HIRT kinetics® adds a dynamic element to the building envelope. The spectacular window front descends silently into the ground at the touch of a button to open the way to the outdoor pool, all the while instilling a sense of freedom, well-being and the infinity of existence. When the glass barrier is removed, you not only see the lake, but you can feel it on your skin and in your nose – in short, you can enjoy it with all your senses.
The manner in which the walls supported by the steel structure are highlighted with different types of wood creates a stunning visual effect. The architect masterfully orchestrated amber, Caucasian root wood, Japanese ash and French cherry on the living floor. The different woods match the glittering water of the adjacent pool and the changing moods of Lake Zurich and unfold an even more stunning effect when the interior merges with the outdoor space.