East of Lake Constance, in the southern part of Hörbranz, lies the plot of land on which a dilapidated single-family house had previously stood. The owner wanted to increase the density of the existing settlement and create space for three families. The building site is surrounded by green meadows of a neighbouring farm and a mixed residential area. To the west, the Leiblach River marks the border to Germany, and to the south, the shores of Lake Constance can be reached in just a few minutes.
The apartment building presents itself as a quiet, three-storey structure with a gable roof and a single-storey extension with roof terrace. Underneath are a workshop, bicycle room and carport. The private garden is protected behind it and cannot be seen from the forecourt. In the south there are deep loggias, in the north there is a portico with an integrated lift.
The three differently sized residential units are characterised by their individual qualities. The flat on the ground floor opens into the garden and gains additional flexibility through the separately usable study, which can also be used as a single bedroom apartment with its own bathroom. The two upper units are accessed via the external staircase. The compact, middle flat is oriented towards the garden via the large loggia. The maisonette flat extends to the top floor. Its lofty living space opens onto a generous roof terrace with a view of the Pfänder.
The building is a solid timber construction with wood fibre insulation and a spruce wood façade. A photovoltaic system, decentralised ventilation units with heat recovery and a geothermal heat pump with deep drilling round off the sustainable building concept.