It's a thing with modern architecture. Some cherish the excitement for everything that does not look like a traditional house anymore. Others talk about the tiniest Bauhaus memorabilia of oversized shoe boxes. Although I confess at this point my tendency to be more traditionalist. Nevertheless, I have a tour tip for all those who have a certain enthusiasm for the new architecture – especially when it was created in conjunction with the most modern building technologies: The Nest in Dbendorf, near Zurich . It was built by the Institute of Materials Research and Testing Eidgenssichen (Empa) and by the Federal Institute of Water Supply, Wastewater Treatment and the water protection (Eawag). The sensational: "It's the world's first inhabited home, not only digitally planned, but – with robots and 3D printers – also built largely digitally," say the two builders.
That's why, my advice to visit: the idiosyncratic building is definitely worth a visit and guided tours are regularly offered. The two federal institutes, Empa and Eawag, conduct research in every conceivable direction in the context of sustainability. Well in everything. The most innovative approach is found in the Nest Toilet. Urine fertilizer, it is written on an information board in the toilet. This is how one reads during his relief: "They help to close the Nutrstoffkreislauf.Your urine will be treated with other donors in the basement to get fertilizer.Thank you for your donation." Well, I think it's a very sustainable idea to which I would like to donate. After a donation receipt, however, I asked in vain.