Siedlung Halen
September 25, 2008, 11:31 am
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My architecture class, Architectural Analysis, requires a term-long investigation of one building. I will be completing mine on the Siedlung Halen housing development. I hesitate to use the term “housing development” because it has a negative connotation to neatly everyone who hears the term, however, it isn’t quite anything else. It is located on a sloped lot in Kirchindach, Switzerland and was built 1955-61.

The development includes 33 larger dwellings (type 12 houses), 41 smaller dwellings (type 380 houses) and five studios for a total of 79 units. The dwellings have between four and six room and are either four or five meters wide. There are many variants from one dwelling to the next, as is illustrated by the blueprints for the units above.

All of the houses have private gardens. The gardens are often the roof of another dwelling and since their planting, have created a hanging garden-like landscape. You can use and build on the roof of the occupant below.

There is a cafe and a small shop, swimming pool and underground parking. The development is surrounded by protected woodland, to be shared by all of the occupants.

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planning a trip to europe, (from california), over the holidays and would like to visit Halen. do you know if they allow/encourage this? is there a contact number, etc.?

many thanks,
m 310.462.3189

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