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BEST OF PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN

PROJECT I:

Multifamily Residence, Switzerland

by Alexander Maurer

Over the next few months we will showcase award winning Passive House architecture from all over the world. The first project we would like to feature here is also one of our favorites: a multifamily apartment Passive House complex in Liebefeld, Switzerland.

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photos: Christine Blaser

Designed by Halle 58 Architekten it was part of an urban regeneration scheme in the suburbs of Bern and won the  1st place  at the International Passive House Architectural Award organized by the Passivhaus Institute Darmstadt.

Here is what the jury had to say:

The three storey apartments are accessible to the north-east by means of stairwell. As a result, the layout opens out beautifully towards the south and the west. On the southern side of the building, the large combined kitchen and living room area with its expansive patio provides an appealing familial focal point. The narrow piece of land with an underground garage necessitated a slender, triangular building that would fit into this suburban area.

 

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photos: Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

This project is a perfect example of the creative freedom available to Passive House architects: large glazed areas reaching from floor to ceiling unobstructed by radiators, spacious surrounding balconies with integrated shading to prevent overheating in summer – a structure that almost seems suspended was skillfully implemented by the architects.

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

Credit: Halle 58 Architekten | Photo: Christine Blaser

Fast facts:

  • Timber construction
  • Central Pellet Heating system
  • Individual unit ventilation system with subsoil heat exchanger
  • 100% renewable Energy – Solar PV System

More info on this project please visit Halle 58 Architekten.

In our next Best of Passive House Design series we will feature a rather unique community centre from Austria…….stay tuned.