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A stumbling block of a house

Ernst Lerch thought it was a joke, as it is a staff called and said: "The place is burning." "Don't make jokes," answered the carpenter. Then the chief heard through the telephone a pop. Immediately, he drove to his company. The industry located hall in the idyllic Biglenthal in the Canton of Bern, in which he was a tenant, at the foot of a picturesque hill, in flames, black smoke into the blue sky, passing by the old Bernese farmhouse further up the hill.

The hall was down to a few sheets on this Facade. Fortunately, no employee was seriously injured. But in the fire the work of the last few weeks, was burned: all the already-made window frames for the old centre Trotte, Zurich-Wipkingen.

Until a new carpenter was found on the grounds with the Rest of the oak veneer and new window frames, for the same price as the Berner is a master carpenter, passed months. A stroke of luck, had reserved the timber merchant extra for the Zurich building enough trees from the Eastern Swiss forests, 24 pieces, to the many carpenters, a uniform appearance of work in the Trot to give. Lucky also was the fire in Biglenthal the last stumbling block on the long way to the first new age center in the city of Zurich for 30 years.

"It had all started so positively," said building superintendent André Odermatt (SP) on Monday on the occasion of the Media tour through the finally finished construction. In 2006, had planned the Zurich four years later, 98 percent said ' Yes ' to the object loan of 62 million Swiss francs. A repair of the building from the sixties had brought nothing, because just as expensive, but not functional enough.

The dining room for the residents. The Cafeteria on the ground floor is accessible to the public. Image: Urs Jaudas

But then the project. This disturbed at a large volume, which is in contrast to the previous building but rather narrow and space for a generous, publicly-accessible garden between the old center and former Trotte. Because the courts had to be one of the Objections guthiessen, the plans for 2015 will be revised. The roof is actually flat provided, had to be pulled to the South, deep down, what cost some of the rooms, but also helped the construction in compliance with the 62-million loan to finish.

In the rooms of the carpenter dominate work in oak.

in Eastern Switzerland, oak veneer does not touch the window of the 85 single - and 4 double rooms, the loggias in the rooms are separated by a shelf from the uniformly grained wood. Oak takes in the bathroom, oak veneer covers installation of cabinets and niches. On The Floor: Oak Parquet. In the corridors of wood and Bush-hammered, rough concrete. And also in the meeting rooms, the wood housing makes the mood: in the Cafeteria on the ground floor or in the common room on the top floor with a terrace and views of Zurich-West. In the enjoyment of this Outlook, each resident of the house. Thanks to the arrangement of the rooms to the East and the West with a slightly projecting Bay Windows, a "folded" facade.

encounter zone: seat group in the light shaft in the centre of the building. Image: Urs Jaudas

On the terrace health chief, Andreas Hauri ("Fantastically said, I have joy!"), which is why it is such an old-fashioned old-age centre with single rooms, but most of the people cared for rather to an old age home, The utilization of 97.5 percent of the city's old-age centers are in need of: and waiting periods of 200 days speak for themselves.

The need of social exchange, it comes in the Trotte with many communal spaces. With the roof terrace, but also the garden and Seating groups in the Light wells in the centre of the building. In community kitchens can unite residents and according to their own taste to cook, if you like. The single room with its own shower provide a feeling of safety and privacy, if desired.

How is the day today? The wheel of fortune is part of the art installation in the building. Image: Urs Jaudas

As the First end may be feeding 50 residents of the temporary home Triemli. Then 43 people, primarily from the quarters. Around 5000 Swiss francs is the cost of a room in the month of (132 francs per day for the hotel industry, 10 Swiss francs for the care and 22 Swiss francs for the care).

The column "construction zone" is dedicated to unusual, exciting, ugly or sloping houses, in the Canton of Zurich. All of the about a hundred previously published articles, you will find a construction zone (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 07.05.2019, 14:43 PM

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