Village Space and Building Structure
The village of Jonen, which is inventoried in the Inventory of the Towns of Switzerland (ISOS) as nationally significant, has today thanks to its relatively intact settlement structure and the growing structural contrasts of its three districts high spatial qualities. In addition to closed lanes and courtyards in the eastern and oldest part of the village you will find also loose, rural spatial structure in the lower part of the village. The plot of the study for the new Volg store is located in the center of the village, in the immediate vicinity of the Catholic parish church, the former tavern and the restaurant Kreuz, which are declared as protective objects. The project proposes the setting of 3 simple, orthogonal structures, which are based on the existing structures and building typologies, without competing with the historical representative buildings. The precise positioning of the buildings to one another as well as to the existing context, is derived from the local, spatial verifications and deductions of the individual houses to each other. Standing in deliberate confinement and thus emphasizing the village center, the project should provide a spatially dense answer, as one should build today in a village. In addition to the building structures, great importance is attached to the design of the differentiated exterior spaces.
Building and Exterior
All structures have a compact, clear geometry and have typical saddle roofs. The type and size of the openings in the façade is based on historical proportions and proportions, but without copying them. For example, the windows are e.g. percentage greater than the historical stock. The author's aim is to find a contemporary, robust expression for the facades, which integrates in a mature context. The two three-storey houses (house A + B) on the Dorfstrasse are connected by a recessed, single-storey gatehouse. This is reminiscent in its dimension to the typology of the local tennis and stable gates. In addition to the gate, it is also the large openings on the ground floor, which refer to the underlying, commercial use of the Volg-Laden. The new forecourt of the Volg shop is being paved. Thus, this space, which serves pedestrians and for parking, creates the additional quality of stay. Consequently, in the spatial hinge of the two buildings, the generous, retracted entrance into the Volg store. The third building (House C) is located in the back of the plot, along the cemetery path. Its size and orientation are based on the existing neighboring houses south of the Kreuzmattweg and form, together with the other two new buildings, a new secluded courtyard with fountains, benches and linden - the Tavernenhof.
The courtyard fulfills various urban planning functions. On the one hand, the staircases of the individual apartments and commercial premises are accessible from here. Furthermore, he serves the delivery of Volg-Laden. Thirdly, it can be used by guests and residents as a meeting place and place of contemplation, incorporating the existing tavern into the new ensemble. The principle of ornamental and outdoor gardens, which is typical of the location and, for. at the tavern applies, is taken up by the project along the cemetery path. 100cm high bush hedges, which on the one hand grasp the cemetery path spatially, on the other hand form simultaneously delimited outdoor spaces. House C receives a private ornamental garden, which is directly accessed via a staircase from the ground floor. The parking of the inhabitants of the tavern is also limited by hedges and newly opened by the Friedhofweg. As a result, the access to the tavern is car-free and thus upgraded.
Volg Shop and Apartments
The Volg shop is accessed from the Dorfstrasse via a spacious, covered entrance area. From here you get into a high entrance hall, which allows a view towards Tavernenhof and the sales offices installed there offers a good overview of entrance and shop. The entrance room is illuminated on both sides and zenith. On the one hand, this opens up the remaining store space, which, due to its geometry and construction, allows different furnishing options. On the other hand, the warehouse adjoins the entrance hall so that goods can be refilled on a short way. Additional space for the employees, storage and disposal are placed compactly on the outer facade. The apartments are accessed via covered incisions on the eaves of the houses from Kreuzmattweg and the inner courtyard. All staircases are naturally exposed and allow direct access from the apartments to the underground car park. The types of dwellings refer to the additive layering of historical land use typologies and translate them into the present day. So you can reach a small entrance cloakroom with direct access to the guest toilet in a large and bright "living hall". This serves the living + eating and from here one opens the private "chambers". The kitchen is attached to the living hall and can be separated as needed from this by sliding elements spatially. A retracted loggia expands the living area optically to the outside and offers a protected, integrated into the facade, private outdoor space. In house C, the ground floor can be used as a large commercial space or optionally occupied with 2 separate commercial uses.
Parking Spaces and Underground Parking
In addition to the above-ground park fields in front of the Volg shop and the tavern, you can drive into the underground car park via a driveway in the house C on Kreuzmattweg. Here are 30 parking spaces for the residents of the apartments, the staff of the Volg-Laden and additional parking spaces for third-party rental. In addition, all the necessary basement and technical rooms of the entire building are here.
Architectural Expression and Materialization
As a consequence of the topic of urban planning, the ensemble seeks its expression in volumetric presence in order to enable a strengthening of the village center in urban planning. To the outside, the houses appear as strong, plastic structures. The materialization concept with a plastered façade and a robust artificial stone base in the splash water area is a practical and lasting solution. The windows are designed as wood-metal windows. As a sunscreen to color-coated metal shutters are used. An example of how to relate historical building culture to contemporary, architectural expression. The supporting structure is created as a two-shell solid construction. The load is transferred vertically over the concrete staircase core as well as punctual concrete slabs inside.