The newly constructed Landenberghaus in the Swiss municipality of Greifensee – right on the lake of the same name and only a few kilometres from Zurich – combines centuries of history with modern furnishings. The palais, built in the middle of the 13th century, was last renovated in the 1970s and no longer met the standards for the current fire code. Moreover, the use of the building needed to be adapted to suit the requirements of the local council. An architectural competition was therefore initiated in 2011. The new Landenberghaus was meant to become a cultural centre for social life in Greifensee. Heritage protection authorities, local associations and the competition winners, Holsberger Wegen Architekten GmbH and Stehrenberger Architektur GmbH, all worked together on the project: instead of renovating, the council decided on an almost entirely new building, which would incorporate the historical side walls and the adjoining parsonage. The building that was created is understated but modern and blends harmoniously with the character of the city while providing a venue for concerts, large gatherings and celebrations of all kinds.