The narrow property is located far above Meilen, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and offering a spectacular view of both the mountains in the distance and the lake. The sloping nature of the hillside property, the nearby vineyard and the generous distance from the other residential buildings in the neighborhood combine to give a feeling of expanse, airiness and ample privacy. The extraordinary location, as well as a few special stipulations of the local building code, suggested the concept of a stepped split-level building. Emphasis was placed on the playful arrangement of the stepped structure, making it impossible to see how many parties would ultimately live in this «stretched house». The aim was to afford each level a maximum of privacy, sunshine and exterior terrace space. The exterior design reveals a duality of materials: light-colored plaster contrasts with the sheet metal skin covering the table-height all-around parapet. The dual, two-layer façade provides protection against the elements as well as privacy. The horizontally arranged sheet metal, with a light or dark gleam – depending on the prevailing conditions –, the cedar sheathing and the natural stone flooring all work together with the plaster to form a coherent ensemble.