Residential building Im Bächli,Teufen

Passive house standard, Realised

Energy standard

Minergie-P-ECO, AR-002-P-ECO, AR003-P bis AR-006-P

Contract type / Realisation

Direct commission 2006 / 2007-2008

Building typology

Residential apartment building


Sinnergie GmbH / EcoTrust AG, St. Gallen

Project description

The new residential development in Teufen, which is designed in accordance with the Minergie-P-Eco standard, harmoniously integrates in the residential development “Im Bächli”. The Building I consists of four single-family town houses. Building II is four-storey apartment building. The architectural integrity of the development is emphasized by the stringent building construction in wood. The facades, which are mainly open to the north and south, are reduced in a nice manner. Strip windows on the north, along with the regular window division on the south, is based on the formal architectural language of the traditional Appenzell house. It provides harmonious lighting of the interior spaces and frames the landscape view. The front facades create a sense tranquility due to their compactness.

The pitched roof of Building I is oriented towards the valley and merges the Building II into an entire composition. The light canopies above the entrances protect from the rain, and, in the warm season, offer extended outdoor spaces in front of the dining rooms. The attached single-storey bicycle wooden pavilions in the courtyard. The wooden pavilions in the gardens reduce the scale of the Appenzell buildings to those in the “Stöckli”. A concrete base made extends into the terrain and supports the wooden two-storey town houses. Three wooden living floors stand on the base of the Building II. The access to all residential units is reached though the gravel-covered playground, the center of the development.