Published in DASH #07 - The Eco House
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WermatswilOtto Kolb

Located in Wermatswil near Zurich is a round Solarhaus, the residence of architect Otto Kolb (1921-1996). This home, the last project he realized, reflects his radical ideas about housing and living in absolute harmony with nature. In a manuscript Kolb wrote about the house, he quotes the psychoanalyst Carl Jung: ‘The house of man should be round, to remember the protected mother’s lap (unconsciously the womb).’ Kolb goes on to say: ‘But this was not the only argument for making the house round. A circular shape has the smallest possible surface contact with the (cold) outdoor climate and the wind, and is capable of absorbing sunlight and heat the whole day long.’