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Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.

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  The rear of the house looks onto a lush backyard. The rough, industrial prefabricated concrete panels by the German manufacturer Syspro are the building blocks of the home.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The rear of the house looks onto a lush backyard. The rough, industrial prefabricated concrete panels by the German manufacturer Syspro are the building blocks of the home.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The house is located on the busy Schaffhauserstrasse, which links Switzerland to Germany, and therefore part of Oesch's brief was to reduce noise and orient the building toward the nearby Rhine.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The house is located on the busy Schaffhauserstrasse, which links Switzerland to Germany, and therefore part of Oesch's brief was to reduce noise and orient the building toward the nearby Rhine.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  After walking through the front door visitors enter directly into the enormous kitchen and living space. The interior is minimal, using predominantly timber and concrete. It also provides some spectacular views of the river.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    After walking through the front door visitors enter directly into the enormous kitchen and living space. The interior is minimal, using predominantly timber and concrete. It also provides some spectacular views of the river.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Meili and Anais lounge on a Transform sofa by Moroso.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Meili makes tea in the kitchen. The Living Tower by Vernon Panton is in the background.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    Meili makes tea in the kitchen. The Living Tower by Vernon Panton is in the background.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The office includes the Living Tower designed by Verner Panton for Vitra.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The office includes the Living Tower designed by Verner Panton for Vitra.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The office looks out on the spacious deck.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The office looks out on the spacious deck.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The couple do their outdoor lolling on Willy Guhl's concrete Loop chair (near grating) and Superieur's Divan lounge (near the table), both Swiss products.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The couple do their outdoor lolling on Willy Guhl's concrete Loop chair (near grating) and Superieur's Divan lounge (near the table), both Swiss products.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The bathroom is a long, linear space with a letterbox window to provide natural light. There are two toilets, a pair of sinks, and two showers.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The bathroom is a long, linear space with a letterbox window to provide natural light. There are two toilets, a pair of sinks, and two showers.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  The master bedroom is spartan.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    The master bedroom is spartan.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  At the bottom of the stairs is a second living space that includes a fireplace. The couple couldn't find a television that didn't clutter the cool minmalism so they prefer to use a projector to watch movies. The sofa was designed by Barber-Osgerby for Cappellini, and the Djinn chair is by Olivier Morgue.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus
    At the bottom of the stairs is a second living space that includes a fireplace. The couple couldn't find a television that didn't clutter the cool minmalism so they prefer to use a projector to watch movies. The sofa was designed by Barber-Osgerby for Cappellini, and the Djinn chair is by Olivier Morgue.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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