Between client and architect, a solid working base is built on the mutual understanding of the initial need and idea that a project stems from. In the case of family homes, it often entails the personal future of the builder and their family so that emotions for HSB architects automatically become part of the game. “Our work derives from a solid, craft- related approach to architecture,” architect Silvan Howald explains. “We strive to withdraw from a signature or trend- oriented formal language and see our position and the projects springing from this attitude as the result of a co-working between architect and builder.” Their recently finished conversion of a family home in Riedholz included the whole process of planning, design and realisation, with rewarding results.