House for a Veterinary Surgeon
Dagmersellen/Lucerne, Switzerland
Project 1983, realization 1984

Sited along the northern side of a small corner plot in a suburban settlement, the elongated house negotiates the slope to contain a principal floor with the veterinary surgery, the principal living quarters and two garages. Public access is possible via the angled staircase and the pavement along the garages. This lower spine of circulation is similar to the loggias of the Photographic Studio Frei and the indoor and open-air swimming pool in Riehen.
Though the building bears many conventional elements, replete with its cement render, the head-like west façade may evoke zoomorphic associations, whereas the detailing of such things as the balustrade and canopy counterbalance the otherwise solid volume of the main configuration.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1988


Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Project Team: Rina Plannger

Construction management: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Structural Engineering: Helmut Pauli, Ingenieurbüro Schaub, Basel

Building Data:
Site Area: 973sqm
Building Footprint: 177sqm
Gross Floor Area: 265sqm


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